HIMSS Analytics Honors Moffitt Cancer Center with Stage 6 Recognitions

January 04, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. – On December 21, 2015, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics recognized Moffitt Cancer Center for achieving Stage 6 on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).  HIMSS Analytics awarded Stage 6 recognition for both the inpatient and ambulatory electronic medical record (EMR) deployments at Moffitt Cancer Center.

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.  As of December 2015, only 27 percent (1,474) of the more than 5,400 US hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its EMRAM. 

The other Stage 6 Recognition is awarded for Moffitt’s Ambulatory EMRAM (A-EMRAM), which was developed in 2012 as a way of evaluating the progress and impact of medical record systems for ambulatory facilities. As of December 2015, 4,835 ambulatory sites were tracked by HIMSS Analytics achieved a Stage 6 designation.  Further, Moffitt Cancer Center is one of only four ambulatory facilities in the state of Florida to achieve a Stage 6 designation.

“The successful adoption of electronic medical records requires strong commitment from team members across the organization,” says Jennifer Greenman, Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. “This recognition has resulted from years of investment and dedication by our organization to the goal of improved care delivery through utilization of advanced health information technology. We look forward to continued innovation in our electronic medical record system to support exceptional care for our patients and their families.”

Achieving Stage 6 recognition is a significant milestone for Moffitt, according to Jennifer Camps, Director of Clinical Applications.

“It recognizes the commitment of the entire team of Moffitt Cancer Center to implement and use a health information system that will improve patient safety, patient care, research, and clinical outcomes,” says Camps. “Achieving this recognition demonstrates to our patients and our partners that Moffitt Cancer Center is using health information technology in a meaningful way to provide the highest levels of patient safety and coordinated, quality care.”

According to HIMSS, Stage 6 hospitals and ambulatory facilities achieve the designation by:

  •  Making significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage.
  •  Appearing to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.
  • Having almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT applications across most of the inpatient and outpatient care settings.
  • Evaluating their data for care delivery process improvements or are already documenting significant improvements in this area.
  • aking investments that are within reach of most hospitals and ambulatories and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR.
  • Creating strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment
  • Being 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.

Stage 6 hospitals and ambulatory facilities also 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, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Moffitt Cancer Centerfor leading the way toward health IT adoption,” says John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 4,835 US ambulatory sites and 1,474 U.S. hospitals have reached to date.”

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.