For Immediate Release: June 23, 2014
HIMSS Analytics recently announced AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center has achieved Stage 6 on the HIMSS EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). HIMSS developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 for hospitals that use the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. The model is a tool to evaluate the progress and impact of electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Stage 6 focuses, in part, on physician documentation and clinical decision support systems.
ARMC is among only 14 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals HIMSS Analytics tracks that had reached Stage 6 on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM) as of May, 2014.
“Our Information Technology (IT) team has worked very hard to help us prepare for the transformation of healthcare,” said David Tilton, president and chief executive officer, AtlantiCare. “This achievement speaks to that effort and our transition from a volume-based system of care to one that delivers value to all our customers. This big step to Level 6 allows us to leverage our imminent membership in Geisinger Health system in ways that will benefit communities from central Pennsylvania to southern New Jersey. We are very proud of our IT team and this recognition.”
“Information technology drives transformation and supports operations,” said Christopher Scanzera, vice president and chief information officer, AtlantiCare Information Technology. “Our physicians, nurses and other caregivers use our systems in diagnosing and treating patients, and in enhancing the care and customer experience we provide. Collectively, we re-engineered how we provide care at AtlantiCare”.
In 2006, AtlantiCare implemented a Nursing Documentation Process. It also piloted the roll out of computerized practitioner order entry (CPOE) with pediatric hospitalists at the Stanley M. Grossman Pediatric Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus.
“Implementing electronic medical records and clinical decision support systems involved changing long-established processes,” explained Scanzera. “We’ve carefully and deliberately staged our work. IT has partnered with our clinical and operational counterparts to ensure we are marrying clinical and operational need with technology enablers to enhance the quality and efficiency of the care our physicians, nurses and staff provide.”
AtlantiCare’s having reached the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model Stage 6 signifies
• Its care providers have immediate access to best practice information and clinical protocols.
• It has a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.
• It has nearly fully automated/paperless medical records across most of its inpatient care settings.
• It evaluates and uses data for care delivery process improvements.
• It is creating strategic alignments with its medical staff to effectively use information technology to improve the patient safety environment.
• It is well-positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, including payers, government agencies, 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, including 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.
“HIMSS Analytics congratulates ARMC 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 769 US hospitals have reached to date.”
“AtlantiCare has made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage and will continue to do so as we work toward having an advanced electronic patient record,” said Scanzera.
AtlantiCare Information Technology supports the information technology needs across AtlantiCare’s nearly 70 sites. For more information about AtlantiCare, visit AtlantiCare’s website, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.
About HIMSS Analytics
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AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,221 employees and more than 700 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.
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