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July News Release - HIMSS Analytics Honors Laughlin Memorial Hospital

HIMSS Analytics Honors Laughlin Memorial Hospital with Stage 6 Recognition

As of June 2015, only 23 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).  As of June 2015, there are 1,281 US hospitals that have achieved Stage 6. 

Greeneville, TN (6/12/2015) - HIMSS Analytics announced Laughlin Memorial Hospital has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM). Laughlin Memorial Hospital is renowned for electronic records systems, related to patient health and patient safety.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

Stage 6 hospitals
•  Have made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage.
•  Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.
•  Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT applications across most of the inpatient care settings.
•  Are either starting to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area.
•  Have made investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR.
•  Have begun to create strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment.
•  Are well positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians, consumers, and employers, to support electronic health record environments and health information exchanges.

Stage 6 hospitals also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

  “As shown by these HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 results, our excellent healthcare team continues to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety, but it is also a means to improve efficiency. We are continually adopting new technology to improve our quality of care, and business processes.” says LMH Information Technology Director, Rex Arrington.
 
“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Laughlin Memorial Hospital for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics.  “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 1,281 U.S. hospitals have reached to date.”

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.