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Iredell Memorial Hospital Advances Medical Records Technology

Iredell Memorial Hospital was recently recognized for making significant achievements and investments with its state-of-the-art electronic medical record process. HIMSS Analytics announced Iredell Memorial Hospital has achieved Stage 6 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). Upgrades to medical record keeping help physicians and other providers better track patient history with more detail. Iredell Memorial is in the top 30.5 percent of healthcare organizations in the U.S. that have achieved Stage 6.

HIMSS Analytics evaluates the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals using the EMRAM. Hospitals can review how they use and implement information technology and track their progress through the eight stage scale (0-7).

Iredell Health System selected Cerner to configure a record keeping system which meets the needs of its patients and healthcare providers. By achieving Stage 6 status, Iredell Memorial Hospital:

  • Has made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this state
  • Appears to have a significant advantage over competitors for clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.
  • Has almost fully automated/paperless medical records
  • Is evaluating and documenting its data for care delivery process improvements

Stage 6 hospitals have also achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities. That positions them to successfully address many of the current transformations in the industry, such as claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance and government quality reporting programs.

“We are pleased with the progress we have made toward this high level of electronic medical record keeping,” said John Snow, Vice President of Ancillary and Support Services for Iredell Health System. “The Stage 6 designation is a reflection of our commitment to provide advanced, high-quality care for our community.”

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