Bayhealth announced it has achieved the HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model.

Bayhealth’s recognition symbolizes its drive to bring high quality technology to patients in the community. In 2016, Bayhealth implemented the Epic electronic health record, which put the health care system on the same electronic medical record system.

HIMSS Analytics is a global health care adviser, providing guidance and market intelligence solutions that move the industry forward with insight to enable better health care through the use of information technology.

HIMSS Analytics developed the 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 in the HIMSS Analytics Logic. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages, hospitals can review the implementation and utilization information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

Receiving the Stage 6 recognition shows Bayhealth has:

— Made executive commitments and investments.

— Appeared to have an advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment and competitive marketing for consumers and nurse recruitment.

— Fully automated/paperless medical records because of the implementation of IT applications across most of the inpatient and outpatient care settings.

— Started evaluating its data for care delivery process improvements and are documenting improvements in this area.

— Made investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognizes the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR.

— Began to create strategic alignments with its medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment.

— Is 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 advantage in their IT capabilities that position them to 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 program.

For information, visit bayhealth.org.