NCMC, other Banner facilities reach final stage of electronic medical records adoption
May 04, 2012 (Menafn - Greeley Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --North Colorado Medical Center is among 17 Banner Health facilities that has reached the final stage in the adoption of electronic medical records.
In Colorado, the three Banner Health hospitals, East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, NCMC in Greeley and McKee Medical Center in Loveland, met this achievement. HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, monitors and recognizes levels of electronic medical records adoption and meaningful use in hospitals in the United States, Canada and other countries. HIMSS lists no other Colorado hospitals as having achieved this level of electronic medical records adoption, according to a Banner news release.
Dr. John Hensing, Banner Health's executive vice president and chief medical officer, said while the recognition is a significant achievement for Banner, patients will benefit most from the increased use of electronic medical records.
"Our meaningful use of enhanced electronic medical records is integrated into our patient care processes and even targeted to help our clinicians proactively recognize and treat specific and dangerous disorders such as sepsis and delirium," he said in the news release.
To obtain the final stage recognition, hospitals were required to share clinical information in a paperless way with other health care facilities, networks, clinics, employers, payers and patients. At this stage, health care organizations also can store and analyze data to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience, according to the release.
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