Adventist Health System Decreases Costs and Improves Care in Journey to EMRAM Stage 7
Adventist Health System's Florida Hospital Waterman was showcased for their achievement of HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7 at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Florida Hospital Waterman is part of Adventist Health System which is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit healthcare organizations. Adventist Health System has been named one of the Most Wired Heath Systems and its Florida Hospital Waterman is a 269-acute care hospital located in Tavares, Florida. The facility provides care to over 138,000 patients annually. Florida Hospital Waterman has over 1,700 employees and 367 providers. The hospital achieved HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7 status on August 18, 2016.
Adventist Health System's Reason For The Stage 7 Journey
Adventist Health System aimed to create a paperless healthcare environment that created sustainable change in the daily workflow of providers while improving the safety and quality of care of their patients. While challenging, the sharing of information from leadership to frontline staff allowed the organization to move forward and create a transparent evironment with staff and patients alike, and move towards their goal of achieving Stage 7 on the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM).
The organization not only achieved the goals of moving to a paperless environment where medical errors were reduced and outcomes for patients were improved, but they were also able to realize savings within the organization by way of costs, time and resources.
The work to get to Stage 7 also brought about a cultural shift within the organization where staff and leadership began to realize the value of technology and effective use of that technology to improve patient care. Adventist Health System's Chief Analytics Officer, Nick Scartz, notes that "As Florida Hospital Waterman [the organization] embraces the culture, we are looking for organizations to take all of the tools that we have and really focus on how they are going to change outcomes."
See more of Scartz's thoughts on the EMRAM Stage 7 achievement of Adventist Health System in the interview below.