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ACH Utilizes Electronic Record Model to Earn Recognition

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Arkansas Children’s Hospital has achieved Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model; stage 7 is the highest level attainable.

Currently, 23.6 percent of hospitals in the U.S. carry a Stage 6 designation. ACH Vice President of Information Technology Applications Mike Hart announced the recognition today.

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. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

Now, ACH’s leadership in EMR adoption places the hospital behind only 202 U.S. hospitals with Stage 7 designation.

“At Arkansas Children’s Hospital, we champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow,” Hart said in a news release. “From an IT perspective, we are committed to championing a best practice model and supporting our patients, families and physicians through meaningful EMR utilization.”

Stage 6 hospitals must:

  • Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment;
  • Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT applications across most of the inpatient care settings;
  • Be starting to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area;
  • Have begun to create strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment; and
  • Be well positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians, consumers, and employers, to support electronic health record environments and health information exchanges.


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