3 SSM hospitals, clinic reach Stage 7
May 4, 2013 in Medical Technology
Three hospitals and a clinic, all under the St. Louis, Mo.-based SSM Health Care umbrella, have achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics/directory/analytics” target=”_blank” class=”directory-item-link”Analytics EMR Adoption Model, signifying the top of the scale for health IT implementation and use.
St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wis., SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in Saint Louis, Mo., Stoughton Critical Access Hospital in Stoughton, Wis. and Dean Clinic in Madison, Wis. have attained HIMSS Analytics’ Stage 7 designation, making St. Mary’s Hospital and Dean Clinic the first example of a combined acute care and ambulatory organization that includes an accountable care organization to receive a Stage 7 award.
SSM operates hospItals and clinics in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri.
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.
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.
[See also: NorthShore clinics first to Stage 7.]
“The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award is validation of SSM’s long standing intent to assure our patients and healthcare providers that they will have all the information they need to make critical decisions whenever and wherever the patient is seen at SSM,” Rick Vaughn, MD, chief medical information officer at SSM Health Care, said in a news release. “I am extremely proud of the teams of clinicians and information technology specialists that have worked together for so long and so hard to achieve this goal. Their dedication is a shining example of our mission.”
The hospitals and the ambulatory clinic will be recognized at the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference Exhibition Feb. 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.
[See also: Florida hospital attains Stage 7.]
“An excellent, world-class partnership exists between Dean Clinic and Saint Mary’s hospital for a very effective and value oriented ACO,” said John Hoyt, executive vice president of HIMSS Analytics, in a statement. “A superb job of using patient engagement strategies through the tools they have to engage patients in their health maintenance. Evidence is there that health is improving in blood pressure and diabetes care.