Health Information Management

Illinois health system shares its EHR success story to help others obtain physician buy-in

HIM Briefings, June 1, 2009

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Terri Bunsen, chief privacy officer at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL, says physicians were on board with the EHR because they were simply told it was the way the hospital was going to do business. "Everyone knew that this wasn’t going to be a pilot,” Bunsen says.
NorthShore includes four hospitals and more than 70 physician practice office locations in the greater North Shore and northern Illinois communities. It is one of two recipients of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Stage 7 Award, along with Kaiser Permanente, a leading healthcare provider and nonprofit health plan serving 8.6 million members in California.
“We were very pleased to receive the award,” says Bunsen. “The best part of receiving something like this is the recognition for all of our efforts.”
Stage 7 hospitals have achieved a paperless environment that enables them to readily share clinical information with patients and other entities within their health information exchange networks via standard electronic transactions. Network members generally include other hospitals, ambulatory clinics, subacute environments, employers, and payers. These facilities are also advanced users of clinical data warehouses that allow ongoing analytics and review of outcomes and treatment protocols.

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