UMMS Hospitals Recognized by HIMSS for Portfolio Implementation

For immediate release: August 10, 2016

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Michael Schwartzberg - [email protected] or 410-328-8919

HIMSS Analytics Honors Five UMMS Hospitals with Stage 6 Recognition

Baltimore, MD (August 10, 2016) - HIMSS Analytics announced that five University of Maryland Medical System hospitals have achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM or EMRAM. The five hospitals include the University of Maryland Medical Center, UMMC Midtown Campus, UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, and UM St. Joseph Medical Center. The University of Maryland Medical System is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 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 (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.

Stage 6 hospitals:

  • Have made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage.
  • Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.
  • Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT applications across most of the inpatient care settings.
  • Are either starting to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area. 
  • Have made investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR.
  • Have begun to create strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment
  • Are well 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 advancement in their IT capabilities that position them to successfully 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 programs.

The Stage 6 recognition by HIMMSS is due to the implementation of Portfolio throughout the University of Maryland Medical System, creating a universal electronic health record for patients seen at any UMMS facility. Using Portfolio enhances clinical decision making and collaboration by providing clinicians with timely, comprehensive, medical information that is secure, standardized, and easily shared among providers. By implementing Portfolio, UMMS cultivates the increased use of common workflows, order sets and best practices, thereby reducing risks associated with the variation in care.

“The adoption and implementation of Portfolio across UMMS represents a significant achievement, and reflects tireless teamwork and dedication to benefit our patients, our operational efficiency and our bottom line,” said Jon Burns, senior vice president and chief information officer for UMMS. “I am so grateful for the engagement of our physicians, nurses, and every employee’s commitment to optimize utilization of Portfolio. I look forward to continued work together toward further improvements that will make a meaningful difference to improving outcomes for our patients.”

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates the University of Maryland Medical System for making significant progress towards achieving advanced health IT adoption,” said John H. Daniels, CNM, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, Global Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that can lead to innovative healthcare transformation.”

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) was created in 1984 when the state-owned University Hospital became a private, nonprofit organization. It has evolved into a multi-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond.

UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the world's largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare advisor, providing guidance and market intelligence solutions that move the industry forward with insight to enable better health through the use of IT. As a trusted healthcare research and advisory firm, the industry depends on HIMSS Analytics’ resources, benchmarks, predictive models and assessment tools to improve decision making regarding their IT strategic roadmap and market strategy. HIMSS Analytics is uniquely positioned and differentiated through its industry focused offerings which include its Healthcare IT market intelligence tool, Healthcare IT insights and Healthcare IT benchmarks and services. The LOGIC market intelligence tool has the largest technology data set with unmatched breadth and depth needed for guiding healthcare IT strategies. HIMSS Analytics research and advisory consultants uncover unique insights on how to optimally use IT to tackle today’s healthcare challenges faced by both healthcare delivery organizations and IT companies. Its EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) provides a strategic roadmap and guidance along an 8-stage model with comparisons to healthcare organizations in the same country and around the world.
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