HIMSS Analytics Recognizes Hennepin County Medical Center with Stage 7 Award

HIMSS Analytics recognizes Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., with its Stage 7 Award. The Stage 7 award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model? (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

“We are very proud to be the first hospital in the Twin Cities marketplace to have achieved this milestone” said Joanne Sunquist, CIO. “During our eight year journey to HIMSS Stage 7, HCMC has been blessed with significant board and executive level support, a very passionate EMR team and an extremely engaged customer base.  Our physicians in particular have done an outstanding job of embracing new technologies.”

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 the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. 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.

Information technology specialists at Hennepin County Medical Center have a rich history of using sophisticated information systems to support the institution’s commitment to providing patient-focused care in an environment devoted to innovative care, patient safety, and exceptional outcomes. The tremendous support of institutional leaders and the strong partnership between information services staff and clinical staff will ensure Hennepin County Medical Center remains at the forefront of utilizing advanced electronic medical records systems in the future.

Hennepin County Medical Center will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013. As of Quarter 2, 2012, Hennepin County Medical Center is one of only 95 U.S. facilities, or 1.7 percent, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database, to be awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award.

“Hennepin County Medical Center is extremely strong in intelligent medical device connectivity for all physiologic monitors on all units as well as point-of-care devices connected to the system to eliminate data transcription errors,” says John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “This is a data-driven culture, with numerous information placards in patient care areas depicting scores on core measures and other key clinical and administrative measures for staff, patients and families to see. In addition, the medical center is environmentally friendly, since the nursing units are virtually paperless.”

Visit the HIMSS Analytics Web site for more information on the Stage 7 award.

About Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin County Medical Center is a nationally recognized Level 1 Adult Trauma Center and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center with the largest emergency department in Minnesota. The comprehensive academic medical center and public teaching hospital includes a 462-bed acute care hospital and primary care and specialty clinics located in downtown Minneapolis, five primary care clinics in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Richfield and in Minneapolis in the Whittier Neighborhood and on East Lake Street, retail clinics in Bloomington and Eden Prairie, an employee clinic in the Hennepin County Government Center, and a Neurology and Specialty Clinic in the 212 Medical Center in Chaska.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.