Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
HIMSS Analytics Honors Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa with Stage 6 Recognition
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MASON CITY, IOWA - HIMSS Analytics announces Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa has achieved Stage 6 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM. Mercy – North Iowa implemented its comprehensive electronic health record system in July 2005 and is considered in the top 2.6 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics, providing advance technology to improve quality of care and patient safety.

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. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

Stage 6 designated hospitals:

  • Have made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage.
  • Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.
  • Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they implemented information technology (IT) applications across most of the inpatient care settings.
  • Have either started to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area.
  • Have made investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR.
  • Have begun to create strategic alignments with its medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment.
  • Are well positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians, consumers, and employers, to support electronic health record environments and health information exchanges.

Stage 6 hospitals also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

“This designation recognizes Mercy – North Iowa’s commitment to investing in IT and the benefits of its widespread adoption through improved quality and safety,” said Jim FitzPatrick, President/CEO of Mercy – North Iowa.  “To have reached Stage 6 out of 7 possible stages, demonstrates Mercy’s organizational commitment to patients, caregivers, physicians and clinicians, staff and administration, in providing all the elements needed to be a high-performing organization.”

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Mercy – North Iowa for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, Organizational Services, for HIMSS.  “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 140 U.S. hospitals have reached to date.”

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