Hospital electronic medical record validated in 2018 as HIMSS Analytics: Stage 7 certification
In 2018, the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics re-certified the NIH Clinical Center's electronic health record, known as Clinical Records and Information System (CRIS), as Stage 7, its highest certification on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. The system is used for all patient care, research and administrative activity.
"For the NIH being HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 is more than being an organization that uses an Electronic Health Record or the elimination of paper it is being an organization with a Digital Transformation Strategy that supports our Clinical Care and Clinical Research processes," said Jon McKeeby Chief Information Officer of the NIH Clinical Center Department of Clinical Research Informatics. "It takes all of us and I want to thank everyone that works to improve CRIS and all the Clinical Information Systems."
The Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model recognizes organizations that work towards achieving a near paperless environment and use an electronic system for reporting scientific findings and analyzing patterns of clinical data to improve quality of inpatient care, patient safety and care delivery. In addition, awardees must share clinical information via standardized electronic transmission with personnel authorized to treat patients. Only a small percentage of hospitals out of the approximately 32,000 hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics database have attained a Stage 7 certification. The Clinical Center is the only federal organization to have earned this recognition.
The hospital also earned Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model Stage 7 (outpatient or ambulatory) certification for having a completely electronic medical record and data analytics system. Only 3% of health systems reviewed by HIMSS Analytics hold both certifications. CRIS secured a Stage 7 in 2015.