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Improving Patient Outcomes Starts with the EMR

As healthcare organizations across the nation are increasing their focus on value derived from patient care, Loma Linda University Medical Center embarked on their own journey to improve patient outcomes by leveraging digital health innovations into their workflow.

One of the initiatives launched by the organization aims to help providers and pharmacists improve the ability to conduct complicated calculations to reach effective use of vancomycin, an antibiotic to treat infections. Loma Linda University Medical Center began by programming calculations into patients’ EMR to help ensure faster delivery of information and more consistent results in reaching goal blood levels. After thorough staff training and positive results shown from trial runs, the organization has begun implementing the new process across all of their Children’s Hospital units. Though a work in progress, the ongoing results clearly display a major uptick in improved goal blood levels for patients who were treated using the calculations.

Group 1 is traditional dosing by physicians and pharmacists, without the calculations; Group 2 indicates patients treated using the calculations.

HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Validation

HIMSS Analytics is proud to recognize Loma Linda University Medical Center for their status as a Stage 7 hospital, as tracked by the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) SM.

Loma Linda University Medical Center includes Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, East Campus Hospital, and Surgical Hospital, which also obtained Stage 7 status.

“Loma Linda University Health’s commitment to excellence is seen in their use of technology to calculate vancomycin dosing, especially in pediatric patients,” stated Philip Bradley, regional director of North America, Healthcare Advisory Services, HIMSS Analytics. “And special congratulations on having this effort published in an upcoming pharmacy journal!”

HIMSS Analytics will recognize Loma Linda University Medical Center at the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, held from March 5-9, 2018, at the Venetian-Palazzo-Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the healthcare provider maturity models and Stage 7 award.

“Achieving HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7 speaks to Loma Linda University Health’s commitment to maximizing existing technology to provide quality care for all of our patients,” stated Francis Chan, MD, chief medical information officer at Loma Linda University Medical Center. “We are confident our healthcare team will continue to seek out both proven and original methods to continue our institutional mission and we are proud of their efforts as we transform healthcare from paper records to a digital platform.”

 

About Loma Linda University Health

Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University’s eight schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and over 900 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, Loma Linda University Health is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare technology market intelligence, research and standards organization assisting clientele in both healthcare delivery and healthcare technology solutions business development to make lasting improvements in efficiency and performance. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the EMRAM and other maturity models.

About HIMSS North America

 

Media contacts:

Maura Bilek | HIMSS North America

mbilek@himss.org | (312) 915-9510

Kyle Munderville | HIMSS Analytics

Kyle.Munderville@himssanalytics.org | 1 (802) 657-6724