HIMSS Analytics Europe identifies first EMRAM Stage 7 hospital in Spain

Marina Salud Hospital de Dénia achieves top-rating for paperless, digital workflows; second Stage 7 hospital in Europe.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY and DENIA, SPAIN – (May 7, 2012 ) – HIMSS Analytics Europe has announced today that the Marina Salud Hospital de Dénia in Spain has achieved Stage 7 of the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). It is the first hospital in Spain and the second hospital in Europe to achieve the highest rating on HIMSS Analytics’ EMRAM scale, which evaluates the digitization level of a hospital. Stage 7 is awarded for achieving a paperless medical record environment. The Hospital de Dénia will be officially recognised for their achievements at the pan-European eHealth Week 2012 conference in Copenhagen, 7-9 May 2012.

A role model for the hospital of the future

Hospital de Dénia has implemented electronic systems for every part of the healthcare process, making it a truly paperless hospital. All the nurses and physicians document their clinical notes online, thus the latest results and impressions are available for all care givers to see instantly. The medical imaging department is completely digital making all images available online across the hospital network. Physicians enter orders electronically, supported by an intelligent clinical decision support system. A sophisticated clinical and business intelligence program enables staff to analyse care quality and efficiency, making it a ‘data driven’ organization, which is a key factor for a Stage 7 hospital.

“Spain is the country with most Stage 6 EMRAM hospitals, so it was just a question of time before we identified the first Spanish Stage 7 winner. Hospital de Dénia is a rare example of a 100% paperless hospital and is a role model for what the hospital of the future should look like. This is a milestone for healthcare in Spain and we look forward to hosting our upcoming CIO Summit in Mallorca  in November 2012, where representatives from the hospital will be talking about how they reached Stage 7”, said Uwe Buddrus, CEO, HIMSS Analytics Europe.

In Europe, Spain have the highest number of Stage 6 winners and the highest number of candidate hospitals in the pipeline to be scored. To date, 300 Spanish hospitals have participated in the HIMSS Analytics Europe survey.

“This eagerness to participate in the survey is a clear reflection of a country that wants to be a leader and transform healthcare through information technology,” said Uwe Buddrus.

Meeting the healthcare leaders at eHealth Week 2012

Representatives from Marina Salud Hospital de Dénia, together with other high-performers from the European hospital sector, will be recognized for their achievements at eHealth Week 2012 (Copenhagen, 7-9 May 2012); HIMSS Analytics Europe will host their EMRAM award dinner on Monday, May 7th.

eHealth Week is Europe’s most comprehensive event on the application of information technology in healthcare. Organised by the European Commission and HIMSS Europe, this year’s event is hosted by the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This year’s theme for the three-day main conference is the continuity of care and patient centric health services through the use of innovative eHealth solutions. The programme also includes the 10th High Level eHealth Conference 2012 aimed at health ministers, government officials and stakeholders, the HIMSS mHealth Symposium, an exhibition and a range of networking events for delegates to interact with colleagues from across Europe.

EMRAM: A road-map for digitizing hospital IT

The Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) identifies the levels of electronic medical record capabilities of hospitals ranging from limited ancillary department systems through a fully paperless environment. Hospitals can be assessed for their EMRAM rating by taking part in a free survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics Europe. This collects detailed healthcare IT data and tracks the implementation and adoption of EMR applications through each stage. Final evaluation of Stage 7 status is conducted via an on-site visit. Hospitals who want to evaluate their EMRAM score should visit www.himss.eu.


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