Texas Health Resources revalidated as HIMSS Stage 7 hospital

HIMSS has revalidated 14 Texas Health Resources locations for achieving Stage 7 on the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model scale.

Arlington-based Texas Health Resources received its first Stage 7 recognition in 2013. EMRAM recognitions are valid for three years, so healthcare organizations must initiate the revalidation process between the second anniversary of initial validation and the validation's expiration date.

"Texas Health has made great progress over the past three years. They have successfully implemented smart pups across all 14 hospitals, they use advanced analytics to convert acuity and census data into optimized nurse staffing levels, and have placed emergency department tracking monitors in the lab that help optimize lab operations and staffing," said John Daniels, global vice president of the healthcare advisory services group at HIMSS Analytics, in a statement.

At Texas Health Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, one of the revalidated hospitals, an employee suggested streamlining and enhancing communication between the lab and ED staff, using a tracking monitor in the lab area to prioritize testing.

"We find real value in the power of our EHR to improve patient care and quality, through efficiencies in process," said Raymond Kelly, MSN, RN, CNO of Texas Health H-E-B, in a statement. "Our Stage 7 revalidation demonstrates our continuous performance improvement activities as we strive to find additional ways to use technology to support patient safety and clinical outcomes."

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