Published on April 25, 2016

HIMSS Analytics Honors Reading Health System with Stage 6 Recognition

HIMSS Analytics announced Reading Health System has achieved Stage 6 on the Ambulatory 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.

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 ambulatory facility 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.

Reading Health Physician Network, a part of Reading Health System, is the largest physician-led multi-specialty practice in the Berks County region, serving patients in Berks and surrounding counties at 50 locations.

“We are proud to have achieved Stage 6 on the Ambulatory EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM) throughout our ambulatory sites, including Reading Health Physician Network,” said Jorge Scheirer, MD, Reading Health System Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer. “This recognition demonstrates to our patients and our medical staff that Reading Health is using health information technology in support of our mission of “advancing health and transforming lives” through continuous performance improvement and clinical decision support. Achieving Stage 6 recognizes our dedicated focus on improving safety, minimizing errors, and prioritizing information technology in the role of patient care.”

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Reading Health System 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 5,176 US ambulatory sites have reached to date.”