04 Mar HIMSS: Small number of hospitals have advanced EMRs
According to the model developed by HIMSS, there are eight stages organizations go through in adopting EMRs. To date, however, no hospitals or health systems have achieved the final stage, and only 15 have met Stage 7, a paperless EMR environment for patient care.
A total of 42 hospitals and systems have achieved Stage 6, which calls for a full physician documentation using structured templates and a full PACS system for film and digital images. That’s a tiny fraction of the more than 5,000 hospitals in the U.S., but the number can be misleading, HIMSS execs say. Actually, many hospitals are entering Stage 3, which represents strong progress overall, they said.
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