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Holy Family Memorial Health Network Bolsters Patient Care Quality and Safety in Achieving Stage 6 on HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model(SM) Scale
Date:7/29/2009

MANITOWOC, Wis., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Holy Family Memorial Health Network (HFM) has achieved Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics (Health Information Management Systems Society) Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model scale. The achievement is the latest in a series of accomplishments underscoring HFM's focus on improving patient-care safety and quality.

This honor is the result of years of planning, says Ed Bauknecht, director of HFM's Management Information Systems. "This national recognition is the culmination of many years of hard work by several individuals; not only in MIS, but all of the HFM staff who have dedicated time and talent in the implementation process and are committed to the use of these electronic tools to enhance patient safety," said Bauknecht. "HIMSS Analytics has confirmed just how far HFM has traveled down the road of EMR."

Steven Driggers, MD, HFM's Chief Medical Officer, also stresses that this designation is a key quality indicator that benefits all HFM customers. "Being a Stage 6 hospital reinforces HFM's commitment to quality care," said Driggers. "It better positions us to have the capability to provide data on quality of care and to successfully address industry transformations in the future. For the patient and all customers, it means a continued focus on improving care delivery to ensure quality and value throughout our organization."

HIMSS Analytics created the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) to identify the levels of EMR capabilities, ranging from an environment at Stage 0 with few to no clinical applications, through Stage 7, an EMR environment where paper records are not used to manage or support patient care, data is mined and analyzed to improve care delivery performance, and data can be easily exchanged between care provider settings. In essence, the
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