Duke Health has been awarded a HIMSS Analytics O-EMRAM Stage 7 outpatient certification, which recognizes facilities operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing electronic health records.

The health system integrates all the research, education and clinical care components within the nationally renowned Duke University Health System and Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

“Duke Health has done a tremendous job of combining healthcare delivery, information technology, innovation and world class research to deliver a new generation of e-health to the benefit of Duke’s patient population,” said John Daniels, global vice president of the healthcare advisory services group at HIMSS Analytics. “There has clearly been a successful program of generating a ubiquitous expectation of using new technology and e-tools to improve patient care and the patient experience.”

The recognition “underscores the multidisciplinary teamwork necessary to deploy an electronic health record that better serves our patients and the community,” said  Jeffrey Ferranti, MD, Duke Health’s vice president and chief information officer, as well as professor of pediatrics and medical informatics.

The system joins an elite group of healthcare organizations. During the first quarter of 2016, just 8 percent of the more than 37,000 outpatient clinics in HIMSS Analytics’ market intelligence tool received the Stage 7 outpatient certification.

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