HIMSS Analytics Honors UCHealth with the Acute care EMRAM Stage 7 Validation and Associated Practices with O-EMRAM Stage 7 Outpatient Validation

CHICAGO (July 6 , 2016) - HIMSS Analytics has awarded UCHealth with the acute care EMRAM Stage 7 Validation and its 202 outpatient facilities with the HIMSS O-EMRAM Stage 7 Outpatient Validation. UCHealth is a health care network that includes five hospitals and numerous clinic locations throughout Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska.

Stage 7 Validation: 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 HIMSS Analytics® LOGIC™. 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.

O-EMRAM Stage 7 Outpatient Validation: Developed in 2010, the Outpatient EMR Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for outpatient facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® LOGIC™ market intelligence tool. These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), outpatient 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 2016, only 4.3 percent of the more than 5,000 hospitals in HIMSS Analytics® LOGIC™ received the Stage 7 Validation, and only 8.1 percent of the more than 37,000 outpatient clinics in HIMSS Analytics® LOGIC™ received the Stage 7 Outpatient Validation.

“UCHealth is an innovative organization.  Their aggressive telemedicine program, including Telestroke and a Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit, is unique and demonstrates their willingness to innovate around their IT infrastructure and applications,” said John H. Daniels, CNM, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, global vice president, healthcare advisory services group, HIMSS Analytics.

UCHealth first implemented its enterprise EMR in 2011, and has continued to implement the system at all UCHealth facilities with increasingly advanced functionality including infusion pump integration, population health analytics, and online patient engagement capabilities such as open notes and virtual consults. The integrated EMR allows patients, providers, clinical staff and support staff to share a comprehensive picture of the care being delivered and received across all UCHealth care settings.

“UCHealth is proud of our advanced and innovative EMR platform because of the exceptional patient experience, safety and medical care that this fosters,” said UCHealth Chief Information Officer Steve Hess. “We are even more proud of the UCHealth teams and provider partners who have been instrumental in designing, building and adopting the tools.  The EMR journey is never complete, and we will never stop trying to improve the quality and efficiency for our clinicians and patients. This achievement is a testament to what can be accomplished when you combine a good set of tools with great people and processes.”

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

Visit the HIMSS Analytics web site for more information on the Stage 7Validations. 


About UCHealth

UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience.  UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group, and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.


About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare advisor, providing guidance and market intelligence solutions that move the industry forward with insight to enable better health through the use of IT.  As a trusted healthcare research and advisory firm, the industry depends on HIMSS Analytics’ resources, benchmarks, predictive models and assessment tools to improve decision making regarding their IT strategic roadmap and market strategy.
HIMSS Analytics is uniquely positioned and differentiated through its industry focused offerings which include a Healthcare IT market intelligence tool, Healthcare IT insights and Healthcare IT benchmarks and services.   Logic, HIMSS Analytics most comprehensive and intuitive market intelligence tool delivers access to the largest  technology data set with unmatched breadth and depth needed for guiding healthcare IT strategies.  HIMSS Analytics research and advisory consultants uncover unique insights on how to optimally use IT to tackle today’s healthcare challenges faced by both healthcare delivery organizations and IT companies.  Additionally, utilizing maturity models, they identify best practices and outline a strategic roadmap that lead transformational change.  HIMSS Analytics has helped hospitals and clinical practices track and benchmark their EMR adoption and utilization goals since 2005 through the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM).  EMRAM provides a roadmap and guidance along an 8-stage model with comparisons to healthcare organizations in the same country and around the world.
HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned subsidiary of HIMSS, is the healthcare research and advisory firm for healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, and financial, pharmaceutical, consulting and emerging technology solution partners worldwide. Learn more at http://www.himssanalytics.org

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