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Backus MIS among nation’s elite for EMR integration

October 22, 2012

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital continues to be recognized nationally for adoption of information technology, with the latest milestone being among the best for implementing an electronic medical record (EMR).

Backus is one of only 6.7% of the more than 5,300 hospitals nationwide being tracked to reach Stage 6 of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics EMR adoption model. There are only seven stages, which means the Backus Management Information System (MIS) Department is only one stage away from being deemed an “advanced electronic patient record environment.”

This milestone comes after Backus was named a “Most Wired” hospital two years in a row.

“Just last week, the HIMSS organization interviewed representatives of the MIS Department to assess the depth of the hospital’s adoption of technology,” said Pam Muccilli, Backus Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “We are very proud and excited to be designated as achieving Stage 6 of EMR adoption.”

To attain this status, hospitals must:

  • Have made significant executive commitments and investments.
  • 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 Information Technology applications across most of the inpatient care settings.
  • Be starting to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area.
  • Have made investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR.
  • Have begun to create strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment.
  • 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.

“I would like to congratulate the MIS Department and everyone in the Backus Health System for striving to achieve full EMR adoption, and for the diligent work so far to implement it,” said Dave Whitehead, Backus President and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s one thing to talk about an electronic medical record adoption model, but here at Backus we are on the cusp of truly having one. It takes a lot of teamwork across many departments to make this happen. Thanks to everyone for their contributions.”

In addition, Stage 6 hospitals must have IT capabilities that position them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, including meaningful use criteria, HIPAA and other government quality reporting programs.