Officials from two hospitals in Pennsylvania recently announced that they have attained stage six of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Analytics criteria of medical informatics usage, reports Healthcare IT News.
Both facilities belong to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in Pennsylvania. Bedford Memorial and Passavant hospitals are the seventh and eighth facilities in the UPMC group to attain stage six of the HIMSS analytics certification program.
Attaining this level of medical informatics usage certifies that these healthcare facilities are among the most advanced in the world in terms of their use of clinical informatics technology.
“These achievements by UPMC Bedford Memorial and UPMC Passavant are just the latest evidence of UPMC’s long-standing commitment to improving healthcare by providing our clinicians with the right patient data at the right time at the point of care,” James J. Venturella Jr., chief information officer at UPMC, told the news outlet. “We embarked on this journey of EMR adoption long before it was mandated by the federal government, and our patients and clinicians already are reaping the rewards in terms of higher levels of quality and safety.”
According to the HIMSS’ official website, attaining stage six of its analytics certification program means that healthcare facilities can demonstrate full compliance with clinical decision support system regulations, extensive implementation of physician documentation and picture archiving and communications system usage.
There are a total of eight stages in the HIMSS Analytics program. Achieving stage seven signifies that a healthcare facility has transitioned to a fully digital environment, and no longer maintains paper-based records. Several facilities throughout the U.S. have achieved this distinction, including Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts, Deaconess Health System in Evanston, Illinois, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.