Bon Secours Health Systems achieves HIMSS Analytics’ Stage 7

July 8, 2013 in Medical Technology

Bon Secours Health Systems is now among the first health systems to be recognized by HIMSS Analytics/directory/analytics” target=”_blank” class=”directory-item-link”Analytics for having achieved Stage 7 for its physicians, HIMSS Analytics announced Monday.

Bon Secours Health Systems’ ambulatory clinics that have achieved Stage 7 include 107 providers in 31 practices, according to a HIMSS news release. The Stage 7 ambulatory practices are located in Virginia in the Richmond and Hampton Roads communities, and represent a cross-section of primary care and specialty practices.

“The Bon Secours clinics are virtually paperless on the ambulatory side, with a strong health information exchange capability,” said John Daniels, HIMSS vice president, strategic relations, in a July 8 press release. “The organization is well run and smoothly operated. ConnectCare is seamless for the providers, in terms of coordination between acute care and ambulatory coordination and access to clinical information for both settings.”

The Stage 7 award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, or EMRAM, which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

[See also: Legacy Health achieves Stage 7.] 

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.

“Bon Secours Virginia is proud to be among the first health systems to achieve Stage 7 certification for our physician practices. Investment in our ConnectCare electronic record has allowed us to extend patient care beyond traditional physician office models and assure that our care is extraordinary,” said Peter Bernard executive vice president of business development and CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health System, in a news release.

“Bon Secours Health System’s vision for ‘one patient, one record’ has been integral to our success,” added Bernard. “Without the strong leadership of our clinical, operational and technology teams, this elite Stage 7 designation could not have been realized.”

The validation process confirms ambulatory facilities have reached Stage 7 with a site visit conducted by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and a chief information officer and chief medical information officer with ambulatory deployment experience to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments. 

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