The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a global non-profit organization that’s dedicated to implementing standardized information technology requirements in hospitals around the world. The main mission of HIMSS is to optimize healthcare sharing regardless of where a hospital might be located. For example, if a patient visits two separate hospitals within a year, both hospitals can safely and securely access the same records if they follow the same HIMSS requirements.
In order to facilitate this standardization, HIMSS has implemented the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), which uses data methodology and advanced algorithms to score hospitals on their use of electronic medical records (EMRs), as well as their capacity for implementing these EMRs. The model is scored on an eight-stage model (0-7); 7 demonstrates that a hospital has made maximum moves toward a paperless environment.
There are many reasons why a healthcare facility may want to move toward a paperless environment, including:
- Fewer human errors associated with lost paperwork and unreadable handwriting;
- Better security, as paper, is vulnerable to both internal and external risk; and
- Easier to share patient records with other hospital facilities without incurring risk.
Electronic medical records are also easier to maintain, require less storage within hospital facilities, and can permanently follow the patient around for the duration of his or her life. Given these benefits, it’s no wonder more hospitals are ready to pursue that coveted stage 7 ranking (fact – only 4.8% of hospitals around the world qualify for this stage!).
Onyx Healthcare – the leading provider of innovative medical devices – is one of the few providers that provides EMR focused computer hardware to help hospitals to meets all Stage 7 requirements as set out by HIMSS. For hospitals and healthcare facilities dedicated to going paperless, Onyx Healthcare is an excellent partner that can help achieve EMRAM requirements.
To learn more about how Onyx Healthcare can help your hospital or medical facility go paperless, visit http://onyxhealthcareusa.com/ to learn more.