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BayCare Hospitals Reach Stage 6 on EMR Adoption Scale

September 24, 2014
by Rajiv Leventhal
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Ten hospitals in the Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Health System have reached Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM).

BayCare Health System reached Stage 6 of 7 on the EMRAM developed by HIMSS Analytics, a non-profit subsidiary of the Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), that collects and analyzes healthcare data. The adoption model identifies and scores hospitals using an eight-step scale (0-7) that charts the path to a fully paperless environment. 

Less than 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems tracked by HIMSS Analytics have reached Stage 6 as they convert to a fully automated/paperless medical records system.  The 10 BayCare hospitals recognized join only three others in the Tampa Bay area that have achieved this milestone. 

The BayCare facilities recognized for reaching Stage 6 are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's and South Florida Baptist.

"BayCare's IT strategy has been focused on providing a better care environment for our patients through meaningful information.  This recognition by HIMSS validates our leadership position in information technology, not just in Florida but across the U.S. Our achievement enables us to offer healthcare providers better access to important health information. It also puts relevant information at our patients' fingertips through the portal," Timothy Thompson, BayCare vice president and CIO said in a news release statement.

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