CMH Achieves HIMSS Stage 6

IT in Healthcare

By Galina Gandy, VP of Health Information Systems

Information technology advances at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, OregonOver the past several years, Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) has made significant strides in many areas including improving patient care by utilizing technology. On Dec. 28, 2017, HIMSS (Health Information and Management Systems Society) announced that CMH is now at Stage 6 (out of 7) of the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, alongside hospitals like OHSU and Providence St. Vincent.

HIMSS is an international organization focused on better health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS developed the EHR Adoption Model in 2005 as a way to measure the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals. By 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.

As of December 2017, 34% of U.S. hospitals had achieved Stage 6. And because of our utilization of standardized order sets, patient care-related alerts, bar code medication verification, cardiac monitoring and telemetry and many other technology solutions in the patient care environment.

“HIMSS congratulates CMH for making significant progress towards achieving advanced health IT adoption. Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that can lead to innovative healthcare transformation,” said John H. Daniels, Global Vice President, HIMSS Analytics.

Congratulations to our caregivers in all areas of CMH for achieving this recognition on a national and international stage!