Posted on January 03, 2017

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics has recently announced that two Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) facilities, the Heart Hospital and the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), have achieved the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM) Stage 6 distinction, an international benchmark for the use of advanced IT to improve patient care. This is the first HIMSS Stage 6 achievement in Qatar.

“The HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 accreditation demonstrates that electronic physician documentation has been installed throughout the entire hospital with structured documentation templates – allowing physicians to ‘point-and-click’ from a standardized selection of options that facilitate future reporting and data analysis.   We have a clinical decision support system, and closed loop medication administration, which contributes toward the delivery of safer and more effective patient care,” said Professor William McKenna, Medical Director and CEO of the Heart Hospital.

This first HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 achievement in Qatar reflects years of hard work and dedication to improving patient care and business processes, made possible by HMC’s system wide adoption of Cerner Millennium’s® electronic health record (EHR). “Working with Cerner, the team has embraced the technology of the clinical information system which enhances patient safety and improves the efficiency of care delivery.  We also thank our patients and their families for their willingness to work with us during the pre- and post-implementation phases of our new advanced healthcare systems,” said Professor Alexander Knuth, medical director and CEO of the NCCCR.

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HIMSS Analytics developed the EMRAM as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. There are eight stages (0 – 7) that measure a hospital's implementation and utilization of information technology applications. Hospitals can track and review their progress in completing each stage as they proceed towards the ultimate goal of reaching Stage 7which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment that delivers safety and efficiency improvements.

Dr. AbdulWahab Al Musleh, HMC’s deputy CMO for Clinical Information Systems and EMRAM project sponsor said, “Through effectively using Cerner Millennium®, digital progress will transform the way care is delivered to our patients. With more complete patient information, our clinicians will improve their ability to make well-informed treatment decisions even more quickly and safely.” “Cerner Millennium(r) produced savings in several areas, including medication entry. A primary benefit of the Computer Physician Order Entry (CPOE) is that it can help reduce errors, such as those related to illegible handwriting, transcription of medication orders and adverse drug events. Over the next year, with the continued use of CPOE, we expect to continue saving lives while lowering costs,” added Dr. Al Musleh.

Dr. Alejandro Kohn Tuli, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at HMC, a key contributor to the project, added: “Achieving Stage 6 HIMSS Analytics recognition is the result of a collective team effort by all clinical and administrative teams which would not have been possible without their valuable commitment. This achievement is an important milestone in keeping HMC hospitals at the forefront of care - clinically and technologically, regionally and internationally.” HMC’s Heart Hospital and NCCCR are the first two hospitals in Qatar to achieve HIMSS Stage 6 accreditation.

“We are proud to support the Heart Hospital and NCCCR on their journey to become certified HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 organizations and achieve this prestigious milestone. We look forward to continuing the hard work with all HMC facilities,” said Eric Engman, General Manager, Cerner Middle East.