CHA Awarded Major IT Recognition

09/18/2015

HIMSS Analytics Stage 7Cambridge, Mass. — HIMSS Analytics has awarded community health system Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) with a Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. Stage 7 represents the highest level of EHR adoption and indicates a health system’s advanced electronic patient record environment.

As of the second quarter of 2015, only 7.4 percent of the more than 34,000 U.S. ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

“We strive to be an innovator in health care technology, using it as a tool to improve the health of our communities,” said Patrick Wardell, CHA’s chief executive officer. “This designation confirms that commitment and affirms our efforts to improve process performance and quality of care for our patients by ensuring that clinical information is always available when and where it is needed.”

CHA is an academic community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospitals, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.

“CHA is reaping significant benefits with its EHR for the patients they serve,” said John Daniels, CNM, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, global vice president, healthcare advisory services group, HIMSS Analytics. “Their focus on population health is improving the health status of its community by reducing emergency department visits and hospital stays for patients with chronic diseases through proactive care management.”

CHA will be recognized at the 2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 29-March 4, in Las Vegas.

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