Mercy Health – Allen Hos­pi­tal achieves high­est level in elec­tronic med­i­cal records (EMR) adop­tion through its work com­bat­ting the opi­ate epi­demic

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HIMSS re­cently rec­og­nized Mercy Health – Allen Hos­pi­tal and six other Mercy Health hos­pi­tals and all the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s am­bu­la­tory sites as Stage 7, as mea­sured by the HIMSS An­a­lyt­ics Elec­tronic Med­i­cal Record Adop­tion Model (EMRAM). This eight-stage (0-7) model mea­sures the adop­tion and uti­liza­tion of EMR func­tion with hos­pi­tals and out­pa­tient set­tings at Stage 7 op­er­at­ing in a near paper­less en­vi­ron­ment that har­nesses tech­nol­ogy to sup­port op­ti­mized pa­tient care.

While Mercy Health’s am­bu­la­tory sites through­out Ohio and Ken­tucky are in the top 10 per­cent of all provider prac­tices, Mercy Health – Allen Hos­pi­tal is part of an elite group of just six per­cent of all hos­pi­tals in the coun­try to achieve Stage 7 on the EMRAM.

“We are hon­ored to re­ceive recog­ni­tion in our prac­tices as well as at Mercy Health- Allen Hos­pi­tal for our fo­cus on op­ti­miz­ing elec- tronic health record tech­nol­ogy,” said Ed Ruth, Pres­i­dent of Mercy Health – Allen Hos­pi­tal. “Our in­no­va­tive ap­proach to care sup­ports our com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the health of our com­mu­ni­ties through high-qual­ity care and pa­tient safety.”

By har­ness­ing the clin­i­cal data avail­able through their elec­tronic health record tech­nol­ogy, Mercy Health is work­ing to im­prove qual­ity of care, pa­tient safety and care de­liv­ery ef­fi­ciency.

HIMSS cited Mercy Health’s ef­forts in com­bat­ting the opi­ate epi­demic as a key ex­am­ple.

For ex­am­ple, Mercy Health is im­ple­ment­ing an ini­tia­tive to re­duce over­all pain pre­scrip­tions given in the emer­gency rooms by tran­si­tion­ing to other treat­ment al­ter­na­tives for pain man­age­ment. Pi­loted first at Mercy Health- Springfield Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, within the first 18 months of the ini­tia­tive, there has al­ready been a re­duc­tion in opi­oid pre­scrip­tions by 50%.

HIMSS re­leased a blog post fo­cused on Mercy Health’s ef­forts; “The Opi­oid Epi­demic: How Or­ga­ni­za­tions like Mercy Health Are Fight­ing Back” that can be found via http://www.himss.org/news/ opi­oid-epi­demic-how-or­ga­ni­za­tions-mercy-health-are-fight­ing­back

“At Mercy Health, the opi­ate cri­sis is a crit­i­cal fo­cus for us. Across all of our lo­ca­tions in Ohio and Ken­tucky, our clin­i­cal care teams are on the front lines work­ing to com­bat the opi­ate cri­sis and find so­lu­tions that will get those with ad­dic­tion back to healthy liv­ing,” said Kel­ley Recker, vice pres­i­dent, CarePATH, Mercy Health. “By uti­liz­ing elec­tronic health records tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion, we saw an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress the is­sue at a key en­try point for those seek­ing health­care: our emer­gency de­part­ments. Lever­ag­ing the power of data and in­for­ma­tion al­lows us to pro­vide bet­ter care, treat­ment and re­sources for all pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.”

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