(Middletown, NY) – Orange Regional Medical Center has been awarded with the highest designation, Stage 7, for implementing an electronic medical record (EMR) system to improve patient safety and quality of care. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) awarded ORMC with Stage 7, the highest level on HIMSS Analytics’ EMR adoption model which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.
During the fourth quarter of 2015, only 4.2 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals received the Stage 7 Award. ORMC is one of only three hospitals in New York State to achieve HIMSS Stage 7 joining NYU Langone and the Hospital for Joint Diseases.
Scott Batulis, ORMC President & CEO said, “We are extremely honored to have achieved the Stage 7 milestone which further demonstrates our commitment to improving the health of our community – our primary mission. It takes an entire team, at every level of the organization, to reach the highest level of electronic medical records utilization and it’s all with the patient’s well-being as the focus.”
ORMC’s electronic medical record system is able to provide the right information, for the right person, in the right format, in real time, every time, so healthcare providers can deliver efficient patient care. The system helps to decrease duplicate tests and increase the possibility of collaborative care between patients, physician offices, hospitals and any other institution involved in the patient care.
John H. Daniels, Global Vice President, Healthcare Advisory Services Group for HIMSS Analytics said, “Orange Regional Medical Center has made great progress in a very short time. In particular, they have implemented a predictive clinical decision support algorithm directly into the EMR to help physicians with precise insulin dosing. As a result, they have eliminated severe hypoglycemia cases and significantly reduced diabetes inpatient mortality. This is a data driven organization, and it shows.”
There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers and chief medical information officers or chief nursing informatics officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.
In order to obtain the final stage in the EMR adoption, hospitals must have more than 90 percent of all medical orders entered into the system (ORMC has 92%) and be able to share clinical information with other health care facilities, networks, clinics, employers, payers and patients. At this stage, ORMC can store and analyze data which is used to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience.
ORMC Chief Information Officer, Brian Tew said, “ORMC has been working hard to achieve a fully integrated medical record to provide safe, efficient, high quality and cost effective care. We’re proud to be included nationally among the extremely small percentage of Stage 7 hospitals that utilize best practices in implementing electronic medical records.”
Orange Regional Medical Center is also able to offer patients instant access to their medical records through a system called MyChart. Linked to ORMC’s advanced electronic medical records system, MyChart is an Internet-based portal that provides patients with secure access to review, download and transmit their health information. Once a patient logs into MyChart, they have the ability to access their health records including the medications they’re taking, immunizations, allergies and medical history from any location with internet access. They can also receive their test results online or pay their bill. MyChart is password protected and information is delivered via encrypted connection so it is safe from unauthorized access. Patients treated by physicians at Orange Regional Medical Group are also able to ask their doctor a question via MyChart and request a refill or an appointment, as well.
ORMC will be recognized for the achievement at the 2017 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 19-23, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.
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