Hospital of Central Connecticut among top 10 percent nationwide in electronic medical record adoption
[December 04 2012] -
The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) recently received national recognition for electronic medical record use, putting it in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide at the forefront of electronic medical record adoption and other information technology advances.
HOCC recently achieved Stage 6 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model? established by HIMSS Analytics. HIMSS Analytics is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) that collects and analyzes healthcare data related to information technology. Of the more than 5,300 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics, only 410 have achieved Stage 6 designation. Stage 7 is the highest level.
HOCC began working toward electronic medical record adoption six years ago. This May, the hospital converted all patient written records to electronic records and implemented other advances, including computerized physician order entry, in which physicians can electronically order tests or issue other instructions on patient care; a patient portal that allows patients and former patients to securely access a summary of their HOCC record online; and electronic prescribing.
"Achieving Stage 6 is a tribute to the many people throughout The Hospital of Central Connecticut who worked so hard to make these advances possible," said Jeff Finkelstein, M.D., HOCC's chief medical information officer and chief of Emergency Medicine. "The work continues, as we strive to further expand and enhance our information technology capabilities, with the goal of providing even better, safer and more efficient care to our patients."