Novant Health, a four-state integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and medical centers headquartered Winston-Salem, N.C., has been recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. The award represents Novant Health’s attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.
Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of EMR systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database. Stage 7 represents the highest level of EMR adoption and indicates a health system’s advanced electronic patient record environment.
Through the second fiscal quarter of 2013, only 1.16 percent, of the more than 19,085 U.S. ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics Database, have received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. With more than 350 primary care and specialty physician clinics across three states, Novant Health more than doubled the number of Stage 7 ambulatory facilities in the country.
“Achieving the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award is a testament to our successful electronic health record rollout completing three years ahead of schedule and under budget,” Dave Garrett, Novant Health senior vice president and CIO, said in a statement. “With more than 200,000 MyChart users and 98 percent of providers projected to attest for meaningful use, our electronic health record has been embraced by both patients and ambulatory end users.”
Novant Health will be recognized at the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.