COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Health Care has been named one of only two health systems in Missouri to be awarded HIMSS Analytics' Stage 7 designation for advanced electronic medical records in outpatient clinics. The award is a milestone in MU Health Care's transition from paper to electronic patient records in 44 outpatient clinics.
"We're proud to be one of the very few health systems in the United States to achieve HIMSS Stage 7 recognition for adoption of electronic medical records in both hospital and clinic settings," said Mitch Wasden, Ed.D., chief executive officer and chief operating officer of MU Health Care. "MU Health Care has made a commitment to be a national leader in the adoption of health information technology, and this award is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our health professionals and technology experts in making that goal a reality."
According to HIMSS Analytics, only 1.16 percent of more than 19,000 clinics throughout the United States have reached Stage 7 of the organization's Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, the most advanced level of electronic medical records.
To achieve Stage 7, MU Health Care has employed numerous technologies, such as:
- implementing e-prescribing to electronically transmit medication prescriptions to pharmacies
- using computerized systems to alert medical professionals to potential problems, such as a patient's allergy to a medication
- creating the MU Healthe online portal for patients to view their medical information, email their doctors, or request appointments or medication refills
- giving all of a patient's caregivers, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists and others, immediate access to a patient's up-to-date medical information, whether the patient is in the hospital or an outpatient clinic
"The development and adoption of advanced electronic medical record technology is a top priority for MU Health Care because of its benefit to patient care," said Thomas Selva, M.D., chief medical information officer for MU Health Care and professor of child health at the MU School of Medicine. "Our achievement of this Stage 7 designation means physicians have immediate access to their patients' complete medical records electronically in the hospital or the clinic, helping them provide the best care."
Bryan Bliven, chief information officer at MU Health Care, said the recognition is evidence of the organization's focus on innovation and providing the best care and experience for patients.
"As we push the boundaries of electronic medical record technology, we're surpassing the original vision of electronic health records as computerized versions of patients' medical charts and discovering a vast potential beyond that," said Bliven, who also serves as interim executive director of the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation. "We're helping patients to become active participants in improving their health by connecting with their health care team, with an ultimate goal of empowering entire communities to improve their wellbeing by providing them easy access to health information."
Reaching the Stage 7 level was the result of a unique partnership between the University of Missouri and Cerner Corporation - the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation - with a goal of using health information technology to enhance the quality and safety of care.
HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model in 2011 as a method for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can review the implementation and use of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7.
For more information about HIMSS' Ambulatory EMR Adoption Model, visit http://www.himssanalytics.org/emram/AEMRAM.aspx.
For more information about University of Missouri Health Care, visit www.muhealth.org.