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Lucile Packard Children's Reaches HIMSS Stage 7

November 9, 2015
by Rajiv Leventhal
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HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has recognized Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health in Palo Alto, Calif. with a Stage 7 Award, and all 167 of their network practices 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 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.

During the second quarter of 2015, only 3.7 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database received the Stage 7 Award, and only 7.4 percent of the more than 34,000 ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. It was just recently announced that Garden City, Kan.-based St. Catherine Hospital, part of Centura Health, has reached Stage 7 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, becoming the first hospital in Kansas to receive that level of certification.

“Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health have definitely earned their recognition as an HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 organization for both acute care and ambulatory care,” John P. Hoyt, executive vice president HIMSS Analytics, said in a statement. “As a leader in serving the greater San Francisco and Northern California region, they have uniquely utilized the deployment of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide EHR to lead clinical transformation and begin the development of a continuity of care record. This leading enterprise has also begun to mine their wealth of data for not only direct patient and population health improvement, but also to continue their high level of excellence in providing peer-reviewed, published research for the worldwide children’s health community.”

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health represent the largest Bay Area healthcare enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers, and will be recognized at the 2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 29-March 4, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev.

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