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11.24.2015

UHealth Honored by HIMSS Analytics with Stage 6 Recognition

UHealth – the University of Miami Health System has been recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics for reaching Stage 6 on the Ambulatory Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (A-EMRAM). EMRAM is a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities in the HIMSS Analytics database.

“Stage 6 recognition is a distinct honor which recognizes our organization’s implementation of technology solutions that have the ability to improve patient safety, quality, and continuity of care across the care spectrum,” said David Seo, M.D., Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Chief Research Information Officer, and Associate Vice President for Clinical Applications, UMIT.

Ambulatory sites track their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), with Stage 7 — an advanced electronic patient record environment — being the highest. As of the third quarter of 2015, only 10.56 percent of U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics have reached Stage 6 on its A-EMRAM. In Florida, only three health systems, including UHealth, have reached the level of sophistication to attain Stage 6 Ambulatory recognition.

A Stage 6 designation by HIMSS Analytics indicates that an ambulatory facility has almost fully automated/paperless medical records that are available across most of the outpatient care settings. Among other qualifications, the facility must have achieved significant advancement in its IT capabilities, and is either starting to evaluate its data for care delivery process improvements or has already documented significant improvements in this area.

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates the University of Miami Health System for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” said John Hoyt, Executive Vice President of HIMSS Analytics.

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