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Published on January 26, 2015

HIMMS Analytics Honors Trinity Mother Frances with Stage 6 Recognition

TYLER, TX – HIMSS Analytics announced Mother Frances Hospital Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital Jacksonville and Mother Frances Hospital Winnsboro, as well as all Trinity Clinic locations throughout East Texas, have achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics is the only healthcare organization in East Texas to achieve this designation.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005, and the Ambulatory EMR Adoption Model in 2012, as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals and ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals and 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 hospitals and ambulatory clinics

  • 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 inpatient and outpatient care settings.
  • Have already documented significant improvements in care delivery processes.
  • Have made investments that are within reach of most hospitals and 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 facilities 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.Through executive commitment, administrative support and tireless effort on the part of an exceptional healthcare team, Trinity Mother Frances has been able to achieve this advanced level of information technology adoption.

“Currently, less than 20 percent of hospitals and 12 percent of Ambulatory clinics in the United States carry a Stage 6 designation or higher. Forty of these hospitals are in Texas, and three of them are within our System,” said Jeff Pearson, MBA, CHCIO, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “It has been a remarkable and important journey for us to achieve this designation, and it represents the commitment of Trinity Mother Frances to our patients and the people of East Texas. By achieving this designation, we are able to offer our staff easier access to important information and data, leading to more efficient care for our patients. This is an invaluable investment and essential process as the healthcare landscape evolves moving forward.”

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics 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 961 US hospitals and 2,265 US ambulatory sites have reached to date.”

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.