Report indicates advanced healthcare IT use among top 100 hospitals

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Of the top 100 hospitals identified by a recent survey published by Thomson Reuters, many demonstrated advanced use of healthcare IT such as medical informatics systems.

The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) analyzed the healthcare IT usage of hospitals identified as the top 100 facilities by the Thomson Reuters survey, and found that most of these care environments demonstrated advanced usage of technology such as clinical informatics systems, such as closed loop medication administration, structured templates for physician documentation and data warehousing.

Top 100 hospitals more likely to be in advanced stages in EMRAM

Researchers assessed how these hospitals were using medical informatics technology according to the HIMSS Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM). Key findings of the HIMSS study indicated that 22 percent of the top 100 hospitals were using clinical informatics systems at stages five through seven of the EMRAM in 2010, compared to 9 percent of hospitals in general.

“The very strong correlation between Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and hospitals at higher levels on the EMRAM model shows the benefits of deploying advanced clinical applications in the delivery of healthcare in U.S. hospitals,” John Hoyt, executive vice president of HIMSS, said in a statement. “This is one of the first studies to make the connection between hospitals using advanced information technologies and quality and safety benchmarks.”

Medical informatics could have substantial impact on hospital performance

Jean Chenoweth, a senior vice president of Thomson Reuters, said the improved levels of patient safety reported by the top 100 hospitals were a direct result of advanced medical informatics usage, and that in time, performance standards across the country would increase.

According to Thomson Reuters’ official website, if all care facilities operated at the level of the top 100 hospitals, more than 186,000 additional lives could be saved, over 56,000 patients could be complication-free, and hospitals would save more than $4.3 billion per year.