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Cambridge Health Alliance Receives Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

September 18, 2015
by Rajiv Leventhal
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HIMSS Analytics has awarded the Massachusetts-based Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) with Stage 7 ambulatory recognition for its advanced use of the electronic health record (EHR).

Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database. Stage 7 represents the highest level of EHR adoption and indicates a health system’s advanced electronic patient record environment.

As of the second quarter of 2015, only 7.40 percent of the more than 34,000 U.S. ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

CHA is an academic community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.

“The CHA is reaping significant benefits with its EHR for the patients they serve,” John Daniels, global vice president, healthcare advisory services group, HIMSS Analytics, said in a press release statement. “Their focus on population health is improving the health status of its community by reducing emergency department visits and hospital stays for patients with chronic diseases through proactive care management.”

CHA will be recognized at the 2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 29-March 4, in Las Vegas. 

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