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.”