When it comes to EHR adoption, CIO Dee Cantrell knows first-hand that patience is a virtue. Emory’s steady rise up the 7-rung HIMSS Analytics scale dates to 2000, when the four-hospital health system devised its game plan for an enterprise EHR. Implementation work began in earnest five years ago, Cantrell recalls, and just this past April, Emory was certified by HIMSS as attaining Stage 6. After evaluating the technology stack in place, the HIMSS judges urged the CIO to apply for Stage 7 right away. But even though Cantrell says Emory might technically qualify, she wants to wait until the health system has put a more robust health information exchange in place. “We want to exchange Continuity of Care Records between disparate EHRs,” she says.

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