Novant Health is the first organization to be revalidated with Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

HIMSS Analytics revalidated 441 Novant Health clinics, located throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model (EMRAM) provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Logic. Stage 7 represents the highest level of EMR adoption and indicates a health system’s advanced electronic patient record environment.

In mid-April 2015, HIMSS Analytics introduced its revalidation program to ensure the EMRAM continues to reflect industry best practices so that Stage 7 organizations reflect the optimal use and sharing of patient data toward improved healthcare quality, safety, and operational efficiencies. To revalidate, Stage 7 organizations must complete the process in the year between the second year anniversary of the original validation and its expiration.

As of the fourth quarter 2015, only 7.89 percent of the more than 36,000 U.S. ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics Logic received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition from HIMSS Analytics,” said Dr. Keith Griffin, chief medical information officer for the Novant Health medical group. “At Novant Health, we are committed to making health care more convenient and easier to access for the communities we serve. This award speaks to the continued partnership with our physician clinics in using technology to provide remarkable patient care across our organization’s footprint.”

“We see the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 EMRAM as a way to ensure we are using best practices,” said Dave Garrett, chief information officer for Novant Health. “It is a testament to the incredible focus Novant Health has on the remarkable patient experience, the patient’s family, our providers, and our team members.”

“Novant Health continues to demonstrate its commitment to EMR optimization. They have made great progress since implementing their EMR and remarkably can show a full return on their IT investments in half the estimated time,” said John H. Daniels, CNM, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, global vice president, healthcare advisory services group, HIMSS Analytics.

Novant Health will be recognized at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 19-23, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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