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LCMC Health Hospitals Achieve Landmark Validations from HIMSS Analytics

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LCMC Health Hospitals Achieve Landmark Validations from HIMSS Analytics

University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital both reach Stage 7 on Medical Record Adoption Model

NEW ORLEANS – LCMC Health is pleased to announce that two of its hospitals – University Medical Center New Orleans and Children’s Hospital New Orleans – have achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). This is the highest validation from HIMSS Analytics, a leading global healthcare IT consulting organization.

“Receiving EMRAM Stage 7 is important to us as it is recognition of LCMC Health and its hospitals’ commitment to creating a culture of wellness through better care, better health, better value, and better experience, not just through the implementation of advanced technology, but most importantly, through its use for our patients,” said Sherri Mills, LCMC Health Chief Nursing Informatics Officer. “Our patients get the care that is best for them and their families because we know that shared beliefs and positive outlooks are what drive our exceptional care – and is supported through the use of a highly integrated electronic medical records solution.”

The Stage 7 validation level is tribute to demonstrating safe, high quality patient care, through combined efforts between IT and operational leaders in the inpatient med surg, critical care, and NICU departments as well as the ED, Medical Imaging, Laboratory and Blood Bank, Pharmacy, and HIM/Medical Records. The benefits of a near paperless environment and utilizing a comprehensive EMR include improved clinical quality, patient safety, and operational efficiencies, specifically the inefficiency of paper-based processes, immediate access to patient data, a reduction in medical errors and unnecessary tests, and the empowerment of patients by making their health information more accessible.

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 HIMSS Analytics® LOGIC™. 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 to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

LCMC Health is committed to better serving the needs of the greater New Orleans community and beyond by offering patients the convenience of technology while maintaining healthcare with heart. The Stage 7 validation will improve patient safety by providing access to critical information, increase patient satisfaction by enhancing care, support clinicians by monitoring compliance with approved standards, and secure data to help advance the health and wellness for patients and communities.

LCMC Health and its hospitals will be recognized at the 2023 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition in April 2023 in Chicago, IL.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on Stage 7 Ambulatory recognition.

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