HIMSS Analytics awarded Springhill Medical Center (SMC), in Mobile Ala., with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. The award represents Springhill Medical Center’s attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model™ (EMRAM) for both its hospital and physician practices.
“To be designated a Stage 7 provider is validation of our continued successes in improving patient outcomes, participation, physician integration and financial performance. In doing so, I am reminded of a statement by our founder, the late Dr. Gerald L. Wallace, made while speaking of his vision to be uncommon. ‘As a hospital founder, to accept challenge, anticipate, and then answer the needs. We at Springhill Memorial Hospital will rewrite the traditional and make the most advanced a common occurrence. To build a medical center second to none.’ SMC has pursued this mission since its founding. Achieving Stage 7 designation is testament to our fulfilling Dr. Wallace’s dream.
“Springhill Medical Center is an extremely paperless environment; there are no charts on the nursing units. The only residual paper is monitoring strips for cardiology and obstetrics. This is an excellent example of an enterprise deployment that is deeply embedded into their culture resulting in uniform usage,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics. “Report writing and systems background monitoring of processes are well supported by scripting tools that judiciously warn physicians without “pop-up overload.”