Rapid Response with EMRs Lead to Life-saving Outcomes

HIMSS Analytics recognizes Nemours Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children for their validation as a Stage 7 hospital, as tracked by the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) SM

Late one night, Hope McCarthy was asleep at Nemours while her toddler, Murphy, slept in his inpatient bed, just feet away from her. As she had dozed off, all seemed to be well with her son.

Sometime a few hours later, a Nemours paramedic detected trouble. He was not at the child’s bedside, but in the Nemours Clinical Logistics Center—a high-tech hub that allows medical professionals to remotely monitor patients. This paramedic saw signs of distress in the little boy’s vitals and was instantly able to radio into the room. He requested video permissions, observed what was happening and immediately pushed out an alert and the Rapid Response team was deployed.

“This team of people were in the room, treating our son within seconds,” said Hope McCarthy, the two-year-old Murphy’s mother.

Experienced paramedics staff the Nemours Clinical Logistics Center around-the-clock, monitoring inpatients at the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. and Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando. They provide an added set of eyes and ears to the care team on the patient floors.

The paramedics have access to each patient's electronic medical record (EMR), which includes lab work, patient history, and specialty clinic reports — all of which paramedics can easily access from one virtual location. The resource, which is possible through the EMR, provides an extra layer of security and acts as additional eyes and ears for care teams — and for parents.

In the case of Murphy McCarthy, the paramedics spotted a seizure before the alarms in the room even awoke the boy’s mother.

“They prevented more damage from being done, because they noticed so quickly and responded so fast,” said Hope McCarthy. “We will be forever thankful for the team at Nemours for what they’ve done.”

HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Validation for Nemours Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children

“Nemours was among the first health systems in the country to make significant investments in our electronic health record capabilities, because we knew it would help our care teams deliver the safest possible care,” said Gina Altieri, senior vice president and chief of strategy integration for Nemours Children’s Health System. “This recognition from HIMSS Analytics is a wonderful honor and validation that Nemours’ early leadership places us among a small and elite group within the healthcare field.”

HIMSS Analytics is proud to recognize Nemours Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children for their recent validation as a Stage 7 hospital, on both the EMRAM and O-EMRAM (Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model).

“Taking care of children is a special responsibility; Nemours Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children is taking that responsibility seriously as demonstrated by their exceptional use of healthcare information technology and re-validation at HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7,” stated James Gaston, senior director, healthcare advisory services group, HIMSS Analytics. “Nemours demonstrated an exceptional use of data-driven decision making with the prolific use of huddle boards showing up to date KPIs and trends for every department from critical care units to environmental services.”


About Nemours Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children

In February 2011, Nemours received the prestigious HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award of Excellence in 2010. It is presented to healthcare systems and facilities that effectively use health information technology, such as electronic health records, to improve the safety and quality of patient care. Learn more about Nemours Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children on their website.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare IT 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.

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