Stage six sophistication

November 6th, 2013

JPS has joined the ranks of just 12 percent of hospitals to achieve Stage 6 recognition from HIMSS Analytics, a non-profit organization that tracks electronic medical record implementation and utilization at more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals.

“Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 657 U.S. hospitals have reached to date,” said John Hoyt, executive vice president of HIMSS Analytics, a non-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

HIMSS Analytics tracks hospitals using an EMR Adoption Model designed to evaluate the progress and impact of EMR systems at U.S. hospitals. The model includes eight stages – 0 through 7. Hospitals can use the HIMSS database to track their progress toward maximum EMR utilization.

Stage 6 hospitals are those that have almost fully automated/paperless medical records across most of their inpatient care settings, and are using their systems to evaluate data for care delivery and patient safety improvements. “Stage 6 hospitals have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations,” including pay for performance and government quality reporting programs, said an HIMSS statement.

Melinda Costin, JPS vice president and chief information officer, praised her team. “All the credit goes to all of you who planned, worked, sweat, cried and celebrated with your Go-live in May, 2012, and all those providing enhancements and support since then,” she said. “We are so proud of you!”

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