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:
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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