HIMSS Analytics Honors St. Elizabeth Healthcare with Stage 7 Award

HIMSS Analytics awarded four St. Elizabeth Healthcare hospitals, in Edgewood, Ky. with Stage 7 Awards, and 110 of its associated ambulatory clinics, located throughout Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, 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.

During the first quarter of 2014, only 3.1 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Award, and only 4.54 percent of the more than 24,200 ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

“St. Elizabeth Healthcare is honored to be designated as a HIMSS Stage 7 health system. We are proud of our many team members in the acute care and ambulatory setting who support our EHR. This recognition is also a testament of our physicians and clinicians who continuously use the technology to advance the safety, care and patient experience of the patients we serve,” said Alex Rodriguez, vice president and chief information officer.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare operates six major facilities throughout Northern Kentucky, and more than 110 primary care and specialty office locations in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. St.

Elizabeth is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington and is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. St. Elizabeth is a mission-based organization committed to improving the health of the communities it serves.

“St. Elizabeth’s is an excellent example of a community hospital deployment of an integrated EMR for the ambulatory and acute care environments. Their data analytics shows that quality of care has improved in the St. Elizabeth’s Health System because of their comprehensive EHR,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president HIMSS Analytics. “They have used the EHR as a cultural transformation and it has supported numerous quality improvement projects that have driven dramatic improvements in quality, safety, and efficiency. HIMSS Analytics congratulates St. Elizabeth’s on their Stage 7 validation.”

St. Elizabeth Healthcare will be recognized at the 2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 29-March 4, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics web site for more information on the Stage 7 Award and Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions. It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.

HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based, global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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