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Scale to assess adoption of totally paperless EMR Environments

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HIMSS AnalyticsHIMSS Analytics, the authoritative source on EMR Adoption trends, devised the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. The EMRAM scores hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database (derived from the Dorenfest IHDS Database™) on their progress in completing the 8 stages to creating a paperless patient record environment. Hospital executives that participate in HIMSS Analytics’ Annual Study can access their EMRAM score and compare it to similar facilities (by bed size, patient days, etc.) as well as compare their score to their state’s average score.

EMR Adoption Model Structure Ensures Objectivity
• All application capabilities within each stage must be operational before that stage can be achieved.
• All lower stages must have been achieved before a higher level is considered as achieved.
• A hospital can achieve Stages 3-6 if it has met all of the application requirements for a single patient care service (e.g. single nursing floor, cardiology service).
• Using the rules above, additional points are given for the implementation of applications in stages higher than the one fully achieved by the healthcare organization. In this fashion, other implementation paths than those prescribed by the stages can be taken into consideration for correlation with quality and financial research.

 HIMSS Stages

HIMSS Analytics collects and analyzes healthcare data relating to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition, costs and management metrics, healthcare trends and purchasing decisions.

More information can be found on HIMSS Analytics' website, http://www.himssanalytics.org/index.asp 

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 April 2008 00:47 )  

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