UC Health, the University of Cincinnati’s affiliated health system, has received a Stage 7 Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model Award from HIMSS Analytics, while 167 of its network practices have received Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

The Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) is a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals, which includes eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of IT applications. Likewise, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals using the same eight-stage scale.

“UC Health has gone above and beyond the EMRAM Stage 7 criteria.  They have already extended the closed-loop medication administration process to their infusion clinic and for interventional radiology cases. Combined with a strong population health program, the UC Health team is making a real difference in their community,” said John H. Daniels, global vice president of the healthcare advisory services group at HIMSS Analytics. 

UC Health includes the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, three additional hospitals, and the University of Cincinnati Physicians, Cincinnati’s largest multi-specialty practice group with more than 700 board-certified clinicians and surgeons.

“UC Health is honored to be recognized for our significant adoption of the electronic health record by achieving HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 in both our acute and ambulatory care settings.  This accomplishment is due to our commitment to improved patient outcomes through the expanded use of information technology,” said Jay Brown, UC Health’s senior vice president and chief information officer. “The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award highlights our dedication to delivering the highest quality of care and enhancing the experience of our patients.”  

The health system joins an elite group of hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics database that have reached Stage 7 certification for inpatient care. HIMSS Analytics notes that during the fourth quarter of 2015 only 4.2 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in its provider database received the Stage 7 Award. And, just 7.89 percent of the more than 34,000 ambulatory clinics it tracks received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

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