Stage 7 Award: Shared Patient Data, Without Paper
Since 2005, HIMSS Analytics’ EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM) has tracked the adoption of EMR applications within hospitals and health systems across the US. Institutions work to complete the 8 stages (0 - 7), with the goal of reaching Stage 7: an environment where paper charts are no longer used.
The Pinnacle Achievement
Providers who have reached Stage 7 are recognized for having achieved all the steps necessary towards a paperless environment. They have a very real competitive and quality advantage, as they support the true sharing, information exchange and immediate delivery of patient data to improve process performance, quality of care and patient safety.
Stage 7 Designees can:
- Share patient clinical information via electronic transaction with all entities within the entire health information exchange network
- Support the true sharing, widespread and comprehensive use of health and wellness information by consumers and providers
- Use data warehousing and mining techniques to capture and analyze care data to perfect, advance and institute organization-wide operational, financial and quality improvements
To be eligible for the Stage 7 Award, hospitals must first participate in the HIMSS Analytics Annual Study in order to receive their EMRAM score. This study collects detailed HIT data and tracks the implementation and adoption of EMR applications through each stage of the EMR Adoption Model. Validation of Stage 6 is completed with a phone interview. Final evaluation of Stage 7 status is conducted via an on-site visit.