Mercy Health receives national recognition for going paperless

Cincinnati, OH (Oct. 16, 2014) – Mercy Health today became one of the first large health systems to receive national recognition for achieving all of the steps needed to create a paperless environment. HIMSS Analytics gave its Stage 7 designation to all 215 Mercy Health ambulatory sites and four of its hospitals: Mercy Health – West Hospital and The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana and Mercy Defiance Hospital.

“We are extremely pleased to receive recognition for a milestone that signifies our commitment to providing the best care possible to those we serve,” said Dr. Stephen Beck, chief medical information officer, Mercy Health. “We have invested a lot of time and resources to deliver one of the best-possible electronic health systems in the country. Our team continues to forge ahead with great determination and enthusiasm as they build system that makes a major positive impact in the lives of patients and families.”

Rebecca Sykes, senior vice president, resource management and CIO, added: “A lot of great teamwork helped us achieve this important milestone. We have a dedicated, talented group of individuals who put a lot of energy into this effort. Credit goes to each and every one of them.”

Stage 7 is the highest level of electronic medical record (EMR) adoption defined by HIMSS Analytics’ EMR Adoption Model. HIMSS Analytics is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Each stage outlines objective criteria for EMR adoption with improved patient safety in mind. The requirements range from installing ancillary systems and core clinical products to computerized provider order entry and outcomes-based data mining.

During the second quarter of 2014, only 3.2 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database received the Stage 7 Award, and only 4.30 percent of the more than 26,000 ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. Since 2005, HIMSS Analytics’ EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) has tracked the adoption of EMR applications within hospitals and health systems across the United States. Institutions work to complete the eight stages (0-7), with the goal of reaching Stage 7: an environment where paper charts are no longer used.

“Providers who have reached Stage 7 are recognized for having achieved all the steps necessary towards a paperless environment,” according to HIMSS Analytics. “They have a very real competitive and quality advantage, as they support the true sharing, information exchange and immediate delivery of patient data to improve process performance, quality of care and patient safety.”

Receiving Stage 7 designation means Mercy Health can:

• Share patient clinical information via electronic transaction with all entities within the entire health information exchange network;
• Support the true sharing, widespread and comprehensive use of health and wellness information by consumers and providers; and
• Use data warehousing and mining techniques to capture and analyze care data to perfect, advance and institute organization-wide operational, financial and quality improvements.

Final evaluation of Stage 7 status was conducted during on-site visits, Oct. 13-14, by a HIMSS Analytics executive and outside chief information officers to ensure unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

Mercy Health will be recognized at the 2015 Annual HIMSS conference & Exhibition on April 12-16 in Chicago.