04/10/2013 - NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is the first healthcare system in the country to achieve the HIMSS Analytics’ Stage 7 designation for its ambulatory clinics and physicians’ offices. This honor once again confirms NorthShore as a national leader in the adoption and use of its pioneering Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. In reaching Stage 7, NorthShore has created an environment where paper charts are no longer used to deliver patient care.
HIMSS cited NorthShore’s success in using an EMR to enhance continuity of care, patient safety, consumer engagement and data evaluation in awarding the Stage 7 Ambulatory designation. NorthShore is one of just two healthcare systems in the country and the only one in Illinois to reach that level. HIMSS is the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
“We are honored to be recognized as achieving Stage 7 Ambulatory by HIMSS Analytics. It is a testament to our leadership team and the work done by our clinicians, Medical Group and others—including our operations, information technology, analytics and training personnel,” said Steve Smith, NorthShore Chief Information Officer. “Their dedication and commitment to working together and improving the safety and quality of care for our patients makes NorthShore unique.”
In 2009, NorthShore led the nation’s hospital systems in being the first to receive HIMSS Analytics’ Stage 7 award for completely incorporating the EMR system in all four of its hospitals.
“The ambulatory clinics at NorthShore offer a fully deployed, multispecialty EMR, utilized in a completely paperless environment with a comprehensive analytics program that combines demographics and disease occurrence for informing public health agencies,” said John P. Hoyt, Executive Vice President of HIMSS. “Combined with their acute care environment, these clinics represent a comprehensive view of the patient’s medical record to all caregivers in any clinic location.”
Developed in 2011, HIMSS’ Ambulatory EMR Adoption ModelSM (A-EMRAM) provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of EMRs for ambulatory facilities within hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics. They are tracked in their progress in completing eight stages (0-7); Stage 7 represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.
Stage 7 ambulatory facilities:
- Deliver patient care without the use of paper charts.
- Use their EMR and patient portal to drive patient engagement, and thus, improved health status through better health maintenance.
- Use their vast database of clinical information and evidence based practice guidance to improve outcomes using business intelligence solutions.
- Are able to share patient information through private and public health information exchanges (HIE), which improves communications and speeds up appropriate care delivery.
The validation process confirms ambulatory facilities have reached Stage 7 with a site visit conducted by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and a Chief Medical Information Officer with ambulatory deployment experience to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments. Visiting a representative ambulatory clinic or clinics that deployed the same EMR applications and software, the validation team conducts both a comprehensive system overview and an analytics review to ensure improved health status indicators and understanding of the effectiveness of their patient engagement strategy.