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HIMSS Analytics Honors Five Circle Health Ambulatory Practices with Stage 6 Recognition

HIMSS Analytics announced Circle Health Urgent Care in Westford, WomanHealth at Lowell General Hospital Chelmsford, Lowell General Hospital’s Cancer Center, WomanHealth at Circle Health Westford, and Lowell General Hospital Urgent Care have achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM).

HIMSS Analytics developed the Ambulatory 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™ Database. 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.

“The integration of our ambulatory practices was a key milestone in our journey towards delivering on our promise of Complete connected care,” said Brian Sandager, Chief Information Officer of Circle Health. “Achieving HIMSS Level 6 at five of our ambulatory clinics is a great indication that we are on the path to delivering on that promise.”

Stage 6 Ambulatory Facilities

  • 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 outpatient 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 ambulatories 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 ambulatories, eligible providers, also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions 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.

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Circle Health for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 2,381 US ambulatory sites have reached to date.”

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