Shawnee Mission Medical Center hits HIMSS Analytics Stage 7

A Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society subsidiary recognized Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Medical Center for its EMR initiatives.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center, a member of Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System, earned Stage 7 on the eight-stage HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model, which measures the degree to which a hospital or health system uses its EMR functions. Five percent of U.S. hospitals have reached Stage 7, which represents the highest designation.

The hospital's average documentation time for physicians is less than two minutes, according to HIMSS Analytics. Shawnee Mission Medical Center officials credit this achievement to a recent physician documentation improvement project, which leveraged analytics tools to identify areas where providers struggled to use the EMR.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center officials applied this insight to develop improved documentation tools, which helped physicians build their notes as they reviewed patient charts.

"Adventist Health System and Shawnee Mission Health have been deliberate in their journey to utilize health IT to assist caregivers in the delivery of safe and high quality care to our patients," said Larry Botts, MD, CMO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center. "We are excited that our efforts around the use of technology solutions have been recognized with the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 distinction."

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