Orlando Hospital wins HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

Nov. 20, 2013

CHICAGO – November 19, 2013 – HIMSS Analytics awarded Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla., with a Stage 7 Award, and 31 of its associated ambulatory clinics with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

Stage 7 Award: HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

Stage 7 Ambulatory Award: Developed in 2011, 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 in the HIMSS Analytics Database.  These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory facilities can review the implementation and use of IT applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

“Electronic health records are a vital tool in bringing the safest and most effective care to patients. Nemours is beyond proud to be recognized as a leader in our use of this important technology,” said Roger Oxendale, CEO of Nemours Children’s Hospital and senior vice president with Nemours. “Nemours strived to build a hospital where technology would enable our care team to spend more time with patients and their families. Our infrastructure supports a high level of integration between electronic medical records and other clinical systems, allowing us to achieve that goal.”

Nemours is an internationally recognized children’s health system that owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves.

During the beginning of the third quarter of 2013, 2.2 percent, of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database, received the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award, and as of the second fiscal quarter of 2013, only 1.23 percent of the more than 20,000 U.S. ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics Database, received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

The hospital will be recognized at the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.

“Nemours, a HIMSS Davies Award winning organization, is quite proud of its Orlando facility. Both Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware and Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando are Stage 7 hospitals, as recognized by the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM),” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Nemours is the first organization to achieve Stage 7 of the ambulatory EMRAM in Florida, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.” 

Visit the HIMSS Analytics Web site for more information on the Stage 7 Award. 

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