What it takes to be a high-level EMR user

A relatively small amount of hospitals have reached Stage 7 of the HIMSS EMR adoption rating.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recognizes eight "levels" of electronic medical record adoption, from Stage 0, which signifies limited or no electronic communication, to Stage 7, which attests to connection between organizations and vendors. For 10 years, HIMSS has monitored the way hospitals adopt EMR software across the country, and it has reportedly awarded this standard to new facilities in Indiana.

Although several states have multiple Stage 7 hospitals, according to the source, this generally makes up for slightly more than 4 percent of hospitals as of the third quarter this year. The majority of hospitals (34.6) is at Stage 5, which denotes "community-wide patient record using applied information with patient engagement focus."

Has your organization taken the proper steps towards ensuring electronic medical record use?Has your organization taken the proper steps towards ensuring electronic medical record use?

Instead of using this as a replacement for the Meaningful Use requirements put forth by the government, organizations can instead take it as a supplementary guide for how they should proceed. The HealthIT.gov site lists a similar six step plan for Electronic Health Record implementation, including a post-implementation assessment. This includes judging how stable and reliable the technology works.

A post-implementation assessment includes judging how stable and reliable the technology works.

"Often, what happens during the implementation phase is very different from what was planned," the source says. "The practice needs to continuously evaluate its processes to ensure that the practice is functioning efficiently to ensure staff and patient satisfaction."

These sorts of assessments can come from the performance services of healthcare IT consulting firms. With a specified assessment plan, organizations will have support for their evolution and transition as they embrace more digital solutions. Contact LW Consulting and submit a formal inquiry request to learn more.

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