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HIMSS Analytics Honors Deaconess Health System with Stage 7 Award

EVANSVILLE, IN – HIMSS Analytics recently announced that Deaconess Health System received its Stage 7 award. The award represents attainment of the highest level of the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. Deaconess will be recognized at the 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition on February 21 – 24, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. As of November 2011, Deaconess Health System is one of 65, or 1.1 percent, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database recognized by HIMSS Analytics with its Stage 7 award.

“Having our organization recognized as a HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 recipient, and in the company of so many prestigious organizations around the country, is definitely something that we are proud of,” said Todd Richardson, chief information officer at Deaconess Health System. “While it’s a great achievement, it is not the finish line for us. Our focus from day one when we launched our EMR initiative, was centered on the quality care for the patients we serve. While these types of recognition give us a sense that we are making great strides, they are not our focus. First and foremost, it is a tribute to our fantastic caregivers who use the tools that we provide them on a daily basis in the care of our patients. Without them, it would just be another tool.”

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 patient record environment. The validation process that confirms a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit conducted by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

Deaconess Health System serves a population of approximately 850,000 residents in a 25-county region of the Tri-State area. It covers four hospitals and 19 ambulatory clinics with over 100 employed physicians as well as over a dozen 'Affiliate Physicians' in independent practices. In just over two years, Deaconess made the journey from a paper-based record to a paperless system culminating with its Stage 7 recognition. Being a very 'data-driven' organization, in addition to getting the systems in place, Deaconess has been able to make marked improvements in quality outcomes by using the data from the EHR to change processes and monitor results.

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