[London, UK/ Implementations] - BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) are joining forces to introduce the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM) to the UK. Matthew Swindells, Chair of BCS Health, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding during the opening plenary at HC2012, the annual health informatics congress run by the Institute.
EMRAM is an eight-stage model (Stages 0 to 7) that gives hospitals a measure of their level of IT adoption compared to an international standard. A Stage 7 hospital has a fully digitised, virtually paperless environment with a broad range of interoperability and data exchange capabilities with other organisations.
Adapting EMRAM for UK
BCS will work with HIMSS Analytics Europe and a number of leading organisations to test the EMRAM model for suitability in the UK and assist with any modifications that are required. A number of hospitals, covering the acute and mental health sectors are being recruited to assist. BCS Health and HIMSS Analytics Europe are establishing a steering committee of key health informatics and healthcare professionals to ensure the smooth running of the project.
Matthew Swindells, Chair of BCS Health, said, “We′re delighted to be working with HIMSS Analytics Europe on this project. We believe information and technology are crucial to the challenge of transforming our healthcare service. The HIMSS Analytics EMRAM model will enable hospitals to measure their progress in the implementation of health IT and benchmark themselves against the rest of the NHS and internationally. This is particularly important as the NHS moves from the top down direction of NHS Connecting for Health to local decision making. As the Chartered Institute for IT, we believe that through the expertise of our members and partnerships such as this one, we can help support and enable the NHS to deal with the challenges and changes that it is experiencing as it embraces information technology.”
H. Stephen Lieber, President and CEO, HIMSS added, “The EMR Adoption Model and its underlying database provide healthcare organisations, governments, and other decision makers with critical information about the adoption and use of information technology. Globally, we find a significant correlation between stages of IT adoption and improvement in patient care metrics; through this project we will bring new knowledge to the table in support of continuous patient care improvement in the UK.” [hw]
More information about HIMSS Analytics Europe
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An interview with Dr Peter Gocke, Head of IT at at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) when it was awarded EMRAM Stage 7 last year