Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami is the latest acute care facility to be award a Stage 7 designation of electronic health records achievement from HIMSS Analytics.

The award program is based on the seven-stage Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) and measures maturity in the use of clinical information systems. Stage 7 represents an advanced patient record environment.

“Very early on in this journey, we saw the importance that digitization places on the patients and families in our care, from reducing costs, improving care and improving the service to our customers,” said Edward Martinez, senior vice president and Chief Information Officer at Miami Children’s Health System. “We are honored to be recognized for our ability to adopt and embrace a digitized healthcare workplace.”

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is the only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children in southern Florida, and it has 650 attending physicians and more than 130 pediatric subspecialists.

The hospital is also hosts the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.

The process of assessing if a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by a HIMSS Analytics executive, as well as former or current chief information officers, chief medical information officers or chief nursing informatics officers.

“Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is on the leading edge of technology use in many ways,” said John H. Daniels, global vice president of the healthcare advisory services group of HIMSS Analytics. “For example, they have repurposed their former medical records storage room into a global telehealth center to serve pediatric patients around the world.”

HIMSS will honor Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, along with other hospitals that reach Stage 7 this year, at the 2017 HIMSS Conference in Orlando. HIMSS Analytics also has a similar program to recognize the EHR achievements of ambulatory practices.

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