The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently held its 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, which brought together more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world to highlight how IT processes and analytics can be used to improve patient outcomes.
Eight Adventist Health System (AHS) hospitals were recognized at the conference for achieving HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) stage 7 status. The designation is the highest level of achievement on the EMRAM, and signifies that the hospitals are advanced electronic patient record environments.
The AHS hospitals honored at the conference were Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, Florida Hospital Flagler, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Waterman, Manchester Memorial Hospital, Metroplex Adventist Hospital and Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South.
"HIMSS is the premier health IT conference, and the recognition of our hospitals is indicative of how we use technology to help enhance the care we provide to patients," said Michael Wiederhold, M.D., senior medical director for Adventist Health System.
The conference featured more than 300 education programs including keynotes, roundtable discussions and workshops, and numerous AHS employees were invited to serve as speakers, presenters and exhibitors.
Based on the recommendation of HIMSS, the AHS corporate analytics team also hosted a group of international hospital representatives in Central Florida for the conference at its corporate campus. The foreign health care professionals, representing hospitals in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Great Britain, learned from clinical and IT leaders how AHS uses technology to deliver safer, more efficient and enhanced care for patients.
"Hosting health care professionals from abroad enabled us to share our journey and experiences helping our hospitals achieve EMRAM stage 7 status," added Wiederhold. "We appreciate the focus and prioritization our leaders have given to integrating IT for better, safer health care and welcome the opportunity to share what we've learned with others."