Health Information Management

15 hospitals receive HIMSS award for best practice EMR implementation

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 17, 2009

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The Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) honored 15 hospitals with its Stage 7 award for best practice implementation of an EMR in an advanced patient record setting, according to a March 10 press release.

Stage 7 is part of a larger EMR Adoption Model™ that HIMSS developed in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of EMRs for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. Implementation stages range from 0–7, depending on the level of adoption.

Award winners include three hospitals from the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL, and 12 hospitals from Kaiser Permanente Health Foundation in Oakland, CA:

  • Evanston Hospital (389 beds)
  • Glenbrook Hospital (143 beds)
  • Highland Park Hospital (211 beds)
  • South San Francisco Medical Center (127 beds)
  • South Sacramento Medical Center (228 beds)
  • Sacramento Medical Center (331 beds)
  • Roseville Medical Center (166 beds)
  • Modesto Medical Center (220 beds)
  • Manteca Hospital (77 beds)
  • Walnut Creek Medical Center (229 beds)
  • Antioch Medical Center (130 beds)
  • Hayward Medical Center (200 beds)
  • Fremont Medical Center (106 beds)
  • Santa Rosa Medical Center (112 beds)
  • Irvine Medical Center (150 beds)

According to the press release, Stage 7 hospitals:

  • Deliver patient care without the use of paper charts
  • Are able to share patient information by sending secure standardized summary record transactions to other care providers
  • Use their vast database of clinical information to drive improved care delivery performance, patient safety clinical decision support, and outcomes using business intelligence solutions
  • Are best practice examples of how to implement sophisticated EMR environments that fully engage their clinicians

Visit for more information on the Stage 7 award.


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