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May 29, 2012

WJMC Recognized for EMR Implementation

West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) has achieved Stage 6 on the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption ModelSM, according to HIMSS Analytics. WJMC reports it is only 1 of 329 hospitals in the country and only 1 of 3 hospitals in Louisiana to achieve this level. As of the first quarter of 2012, just 6.2 percent of the more than 5,300 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM).

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. 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.

According to HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 Hospitals:

• Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.
• Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT applications across most of the inpatient care settings.
• Are well positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians, consumers and employers, to support electronic health record environments and health information exchanges.
• Have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

WJMC has created a single electronic medical record across its continuum of care in the inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory centers. They utilize advanced capabilities with complete digital imaging, voice recognition for physician reports, bar coding medication administration, computerized physician order entry, and clinical decision support. These features have resulted in improvements in operational efficiency, clinical quality, and patient safety, reports the hospital.

WJMC has also achieved "closed-loop" medication management. Physicians use computerized order entry with clinical decision support to ensure correct medication dosing and prevention of drug interactions. Pharmacists receive these orders without having to decipher handwriting, and use automated dispensing systems to have individual medication doses available on nursing units. Nurse’s use bar coding technology to confirm the correct medication for the correct patients, and the computer checks all of this with the original physician order.

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