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St. Luke’s First in Lehigh Valley to Achieve Prestigious Award for Electronic Medical Record Implementation

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St. Luke’s University Health Network First in Lehigh Valley to Achieve Prestigious Award for Electronic Medical Record Implementation

As of January 2013, just 8.2 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 January 2013, there are 461 US hospitals that have achieved Stage 6.

Chad Brisendine
Chad Brisendine
Chief Information
Officer

Bethlehem, PA (1/30/2013) - HIMSS Analytics announced St. Luke’s University Health Network has achieved Stage 6 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). St. Luke’s five Pennsylvania-based hospitals have received this recognition based on the progress made towards full implementation of Electronic Medical Record (EMR).

- HIMSS Analytics announced St. Luke’s University Health Network has achieved Stage 6 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). St. Luke’s five Pennsylvania-based hospitals have received this recognition based on the progress made towards full implementation of Electronic Medical Record (EMR).

St. Luke’s is the first hospital / health network in the Lehigh Valley to earn this designation.

“Earning this honor is a significant recognition of the many individuals who have worked diligently to enable us to reach this level,” said Chad Brisendine, St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Chief Information Officer. “We are excited by this honor and are looking forward to the near future when St. Luke’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is fully implemented network-wide. The implementation of EMR throughout the network is a complex process. We have been working on this project for the past two years and are currently working to fully integrate our Warren hospital into the stage 6 criteria.”

Dr. Marc Portner
Dr. Marc Portner
Chief Medical
Informatics Officer

St. Luke’s University Health Network surgical intensivist and Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Dr. Marc Portner said, “A well implemented EMR will allow care-givers to have easy access to complete patient information to be able to provide the highest level of care to each and every patient. Having lab results, radiology studies, records of physician visits all in one source gives caregivers a complete picture of a patient’s health – and research indicates this benefits patient safety and overall health. Additionally, the patient will have increased access to caregivers and will be able to truly be an advocate for his or her own health. This is a win-win situation for both patients and caregivers.”

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.

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates St. Luke’s University Health Network 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 461 US hospitals have reached to date.”

For more information about the adoption model, please see: http://www.himssanalytics.org/stagesGraph.asp.


About St. Luke’s University Health Network

St. Luke’s University Health Network is a non-profit, regional Network providing health services at more than 150 sites. The Network is comprised of six hospitals: St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem; St. Luke’s Allentown Campus; St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus; St. Luke’s Miners Campus (Coaldale, PA); St. Luke’s Warren Campus (Phillipsburg, NJ) and St. Luke’s Anderson Campus (Bethlehem Twp, PA). The Network includes more than 80 employed physician-practice sites and 400 employed primary care / specialist physicians, various outpatient testing and service facilities, home health, hospice (inpatient and outpatient), the largest hospital-based EMS unit in PA and other related health care organizations.


About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms. Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

For a list of the hospitals which have reached Stage 6 accreditation, please see: http://www.himssanalytics.org/hc_providers/stage6hospitals.asp.


Contact Information

Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network
484-526-4104
raderd@slhn.org