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Hawai‘i Pacific Health System Receives Stage 7 Awards

December 27, 2013
by Rajiv Leventhal
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HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has awarded four Hawai‘i Pacific Health hospitals with Stage 7 Awards, and 28 of its associated ambulatory clinics with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record (EMR) systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics database.

There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

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.  These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers, and specialty clinics.

Hawai‘i Pacific Health is a not-for-profit healthcare system and Hawaii’s largest healthcare provider, with four hospitals, more than 50 outpatient centers and service sites, and more than 1,600 affiliated physicians. The system is anchored by its four not-for-profit hospitals: Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Clinic & Hospital, and Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

Hawai‘i Pacific Health, recipient of the 2012 Davies Enterprise Award, is the first health system in Hawaii to achieve Stage 7 in both hospital and ambulatory facilities.

The hospitals will be recognized at the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.

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