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UPMC Hospital Attains Stage 6

November 10, 2009
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Pittsburgh-based Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is now a “Stage 6” hospital, according to Chicago-based HIMSS Analytics, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

HIMSS Analytics scores hospitals based on their progress in completing eight stages — from zero to seven — of a paperless patient record environment, and its studies have shown correlations between quality metrics and EMR adoption. Only 66 hospitals in the HIMSS database of more than 5,700 facilities are now at Stage 6, and only 26 are at Stage 7.

With the deployment of CPOE in early October, Magee has achieved Stage 6 functionality, which also includes computerized charting, decision support for clinicians, and positive patient identification (PPID) for safe administration of medications and physician documentation. Physician use of CPOE at Magee is averaging more than 85 percent, says the organization.

UPMC is an $8 billion integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh with 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, long-term care facilities, and a major health insurance services division.

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