RAPID CITY, S.D. (Sept. 19, 2018) – Regional Health has been recognized for achieving Stage 6 of both the inpatient and outpatient EMR Adoption Model, (EMRAM/OEMRAM) as designated by HIMSS Analytics.
HIMSS Analytics developed the Inpatient EMR Adoption Model in 2005 and the Outpatient EMR Adoption Model in 2012 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals and clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® LOGIC™. 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.
“Receiving Stage 6 is truly an honor for Regional Health,” said Stephanie Lahr, M.D., Chief Information Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer at Regional Health. “The HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 designation is a strong indication of our commitment to the proper utilization of health information technology to achieve the highest levels of patient safety and quality care delivery and we are now aggressively pursuing Stage 7.”
Separately, Regional Health was named a Gold Star Hospital by Epic, the software firm that created the electronic health records system that Regional Health adopted in October 2017. The Gold Star Program recognizes health care networks for effective use of Epic.
At Regional Health, more than 85 percent of Epic’s features are being used to engage patients, enhance physician satisfaction and get more value from data. The average Epic organization has currently adopted 73 percent of Epic’s available features.
Based in Wisconsin, Epic is one of the largest providers of health information technology in the United States. The company estimates that 190 million people across the world use Epic and its patient portal, MyChart.
Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the mission to make a difference. Every day. The organization, headquartered in Rapid City, provides community-based health care covering 32 specialty areas of medicine in more than 20 communities in two states. Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 25 clinics and more than 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health hospitals in Rapid City, Spearfish and Sturgis have been rated as four-star hospitals by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For more information, visit regionalhealth.org.
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