Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Recertifies HIMSS Stage 7 Designation

 Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has successfully revalidated for Stage 7 certification on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) SM. Children’s Hospital has been a national leader in applying health information technology to optimize pediatric care.

Clinicians at Children’s Hospital use an integrated, comprehensive paperless electronic medical record (EMR) system. This system, which was implemented in 2002, electronically stores each patient's full medical history and care details, and has significantly reduced potential medical errors and streamlined processes, making Children's one of the most technologically advanced children's hospitals in the nation.

The various embedded clinical decision support tools in the hospital’s electronic health record enhance safe, high quality care. In addition, families have access to an online portal to view the health profile, test results, visit summaries, renew prescriptions and have the ability to request appointments.

Children’s commitment towards state-of-the-art information technology has led to the implementation of a predictive analytic tool that forecasts clinical deterioration in patients, enabling timely interventions that may reduce the need for critical care. Barcoding technology (PPID – Positive Patient Identification) ensures the ‘5 rights’ of medication administration, highlighting the emphasis placed on patient safety. The hospital also developed a human milk tracking application for newborn patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, using barcode scanning.

“A strategic goal at Children’s Hospital is quality improvement through automation and evidence based practice,” said Srinivasan Suresh MD, MBA, chief information officer and chief medical information officer at Children’s. “We aim to build and promote the use of advanced analytic dashboards to improve safety and quality in the care of our children, which also results in measurable cost savings.”

“We have shown that collection, analysis and timely dissemination of accurate clinical data has improved patient care outcomes,” added Dr. Suresh.

“The hospital’s use of analytics to assist physicians in performance review has clearly improved their quality metrics,” said Philip Bradley, regional director, North America, health care advisory services, operations, HIMSS Analytics. “As an example, incorporating the appendicitis care dashboard in their workflow has reduced the mean length of stay for children with complicated appendicitis by 29 percent, and readmission rates for appendicitis have dropped from six percent to two percent.”

HIMSS Analytics developed the eight-stage EMR Adoption Model as a tool to benchmark information technology maturity in healthcare organizations. Less than five percent of hospitals in the United States have achieved Stage 7 certification.

UPMC will be recognized at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 19-23, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the EMRAM Stage 7 Award

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