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HIMSS honors MetroHealth with Stage 6 Recognition

Monday, October 14, 2013 - HIMSS honors MetroHealth with Stage 6 Recognition

HIMSS Analytics announced The MetroHealth System has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). The MetroHealth System is known for reaching technology milestones in a number of areas using its electronic health record to improve patient care, and for research.


As of September 2013, 12 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM).  As of September 2013, there are 601 U.S. hospitals that have achieved Stage 6.


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 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 have implemented their IT applications across most of the inpatient care settings.


  • Are either starting 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 their 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.


"Stage 6 recognition is a very significant milestone for MetroHealth,” said David Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH, Chief Medical Informatics Officer. “We were the first public healthcare system in the U.S. to install Epic starting in 1999.  Stage 6 acknowledges the continued leadership and innovation that the MetroHealth System has with electronic health records.”


In 2010, CareEverywhere – which enables MetroHealth physicians to access patient records from other health systems in real time – has been used with MetroHealth patients more than 80,000 times, making patient care more efficient and reducing healthcare costs.Since 2011, 33,000 MetroHealth patients have signed up for MyChart so they can view their test results from anywhere there’s an internet connection. MetroHealth has sent over 2 million e-prescriptions, resulting in more efficient prescribing for physicians, pharmacists, and patients since first turning on this technology in 2011.


For four consecutive years, MetroHealth has been among the top ten healthcare systems across the country using the Epic electronic health record in terms of its use of computerized physician order entry in the inpatient setting. In 2012, MetroHealth began using its electronic health record system to improve referrals by reaching out to schedule referral appointments. In its first year, an additional 60,000 referral appointments were made. In 2013, MetroHealth began texting and automatically calling about immunization reminders, which has resulted in thousands of patients receiving needed immunizations.



"Dr. Kaelber and his team are doing an outstanding job running the electronic health record system for MetroHealth," said Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO of MetroHealth. "Receiving this recognition confirms we are becoming one of the nation's most technologically advanced healthcare systems."


“HIMSS Analytics congratulates MetroHealth for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 601 US hospitals have reached to date.”

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