As part of a new effort at cooperation, the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI, Alexandria, Va.) and Chicago-based HIMSS Analytics plan to work together for enhanced data collection.
Specifically, instead of duplicating similar data-collection efforts, NACHRI will encourage its 215 members to participate in the current Web-based annual IT study process developed and in use by HIMSS Analytics.
Organizations completing the IT study will receive their EMR Adoption Model score, which HIMSS Analytics developed two years ago to measure the penetration of electronic medical records in acute care facilities across the United States. HIMSS Analytics will also provide participants with more than 40 benchmarking reports with peer comparison information relevant to their internal health IT operations. About half of the NACHRI-member hospitals now participate in the HIMSS Analytics annual IT study process.