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For Immediate Release March 27, 2017


Michael Schwartzberg:


Baltimore, MD (March 27, 2017)HIMSS Analytics, a part of the Health Information Management Systems Society, announced that the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM) for the ambulatory environment. Achieving Stage 6 recognition is one of the top honors in the industry and reflects UMMS' goal of consistently providing a superior and safe patient experience.

HIMSS Analytics developed the Outpatient EMR Adoption Model in 2012 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities in the HIMSS Analytics® LOGIC™. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory sites 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 practices:

  • Have made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage.
  • Provide 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 IT applications are implemented across most of the 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 clinics and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR.
  • Have begun to create strategic alignments with their clinical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve patient engagement and population health.
  • 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 practices also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as the meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and new government quality reporting programs under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

"This achievement reflects our system's focus to ensure we are providing innovative, patient-centric care at every touch point," said Jon Burns, senior vice president and chief information officer for UMMS. "This is a result of physicians, nurses, techs, ancillary staff and administrative staff all collaborating to improve workflows and introduce new features."

"HIMSS Analytics congratulates UMMS 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."

Last fall, five University of Maryland System hospitals (University of Maryland Medical Center, UMMC Midtown campus, UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Um St. Joseph Medical Center, and UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute) also achieved HIMSS Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM due in large part to the adoption of the Epic Portfolio electronic medical record.

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic-based health system providing primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations across 12 Maryland counties, with more than 4,000 physicians and 24,000 employees. Our hospitals include the flagship academic downtown campus University of Maryland Medical Center and nine affiliated acute care hospitals serving urban, suburban and rural communities: UMMC Midtown Campus, UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UM Charles Regional Medical Center, UM Harford Memorial Hospital, UM Shore Regional Health (campuses in Chestertown, Dorchester & Easton), UM St. Joseph Medical Center and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. UMMS hospitals benefit from the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s world-renowned faculty, innovative and cutting-edge medicine and research. UMMS also operates two specialty hospitals - University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute and the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (a joint venture with Johns Hopkins Medicine), as well as the freestanding UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and the UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown, UM Community Medical Group, University of Maryland Medical System Health Plans for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and the UM Quality Care Network.

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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