HIMSS Analytics, the Chicago-based research and consulting unit of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, has announced three additional hospitals have reached Stage 7 of its 0-7 scale for adoption of electronic health records. That brings the total number of Stage 7 hospitals to 38.

The newly recognized hospitals are Citizens Memorial Hospital in Boliver, Mo.; Stanford Hospitals & Clinics in Palo Alto, Calif.; and University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics in Madison.

Citizens Memorial, licensed for 74 beds, is the first rural hospital to hit Stage 7. Hospitals at this stage deliver care without paper charts, are able to securely transmit a standards-based summary of care to other providers, and use a clinical database to improve care delivery, safety and outcomes.

More information is available at himssanalytics.org.

--Joseph Goedert

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