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Kaiser, Mayo Clinic Make Hospital EHR Adoption Headlines

By Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two the leading health systems in the country have made decisions and with them hospital EHR adoption handles — one in EHR use and another in EHR selection.

The former concerns the 350 Kaiser Permanente ambulatory clinics that have received rare recognition. These outpatient facilities are part of the 4.38 percent of 27,000 ambulatory clinics nationwide to receive the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award during the third quarter of 2014. The EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model dates back to 2011, supplementing the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) used for inpatient hospitals and the like.

“It’s a rigorous and highly sought after award that recognizes health care organizations for using EHRs at the highest level to improve quality of care, patient safety and process performance,” interim CIO Dick Daniels said in the public statement Thursday.  “Today, all 350 of our eligible ambulatory clinics received the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. Kaiser Permanente is the largest group in that category. Add our 37 HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Hospital Awards and we feel confident that our EHR adoption is maximizing care delivery throughout our integrated delivery system.”

In particular, HIMSS Analytics recognized the advanced EHR use at Kaiser and how it has led to advances in leveraging healthcare analytics. “With world class analytics, Kaiser Permanente has shown the value of a very comprehensive EHR and the business and clinical analytics to improve care, quality, safety, and efficiency on a world class basis,” added Executive Vice President John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS.

From one Epic EHR user to another

Mayo Clinic has chosen Epic Systems as its EHR replacement and revenue cycle management provider, the health system revealed in a statement earlier this week.

“We’re confident in choosing Epic as our strategic partner as we continue to enhance Mayo Clinic’s excellence in health care and medical innovation,” Mayo Clinic president and CEO John Noseworthy, MD, noted.

Diane Stafford of The Kansas City Star is reporting that Epic beat out rivals Cerner despite the latter being one of three health IT systems having been used by the Mayo Clinic, with GE being the other supplier of health IT systems).

According to the health system, a project team will be in place by April 2015 and undertake a two-year project to build one common system.

“The project team will include staff from Mayo Clinic, Epic and external consulting organizations,” CIO Cris Ross explained. “We are announcing our decision today so that we can begin to assemble the project team and launch the project.”

Epic and Cerner remain in a tightly-contested race for the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) contract that has led to the pairing of Epic with IBM and Cerner with Leidos, Accenture, and Intermountain Healthcare.





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