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Texas Health Huguley Achieves Nationwide Recognition for Technology Advancements

Less than five percent of U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics have reached Stage 7.

2/9/2017  |  By Susan Moses

HIMSS Analytics, a national healthcare data analyst, recognized Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South for achieving the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. As of Jan. 1, 2017, just 4.8 percent of 5,478 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 7.

Since implementing its electronic health record in 2004, Texas Health Huguley has been on a continuous path to maximize its use to benefit patients through safer, more efficient, cost effective care.

"Achieving the Stage 7 designation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to technology, helping us continue to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of the care we provide. Our hospital is relentlessly focused on quality and patient safety, as evidenced by our recent eighth 'A' ranking from The Leapfrog Group, and this new accolade from HIMSS further reflects that," said Tammy Ellis, RN, FACHE, vice president of patient care services for Texas Health Huguley.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model to evaluate the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments. To achieve Stage 7:


  • The hospital no longer uses paper charts to deliver and manage patient care and has a mixture of discrete data, document images, and medical images within its EMR environment.

  • Data warehousing is being used to analyze patterns of clinical data to improve quality of care, patient safety, and care delivery efficiency.

  • Clinical information can be readily shared via standardized electronic transactions with all entities that are authorized to treat the patient.

  • The hospital demonstrates summary data continuity for all hospital services (e.g., inpatient, outpatient, ED, and with any owned or managed ambulatory clinics).

  • Medications, specimen collection, and administration of blood products are included in the closed loop positive patient identification process.


"Adventist Health System is making outstanding progress as it adds yet another one of its hospitals to the list of Stage 7 hospitals in the U.S.," said John H. Daniels, CNM, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, global vice president, healthcare advisory services group, HIMSS Analytics. "It is quite pleasing to watch this organization optimize how it is using health IT to achieve enterprise-wide benefits in terms of higher quality care, safety, and operational efficiencies. They are employing effective analytics and EMR optimization strategies driven by engaged leadership and committed front-line staff."

Texas Health Huguley will be recognized at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 19-23, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.