Cabell Huntington Hospital’s success in adopting electronic health record technology has been recognized by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The hospital has been awarded HIMSS Analytics’ second-highest level of recognition, the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model Stage 6 Award. Only one other facility in West Virginia and only 5 percent in the nation— about 330 facilities— have been recognized for reaching this level.
Cabell Huntington Hospital physicians and staff continue to improve process performance, patient safety and the quality of patient care by adopting electronic medical record technology. By using electronic health records, patient information can be shared before a health service is provided. This improves patient care and safety by enabling the physicians involved in a patient's care to efficiently share information, and it .makes patient check-in more convenient.
“Being awarded Stage 6 recognition did not come without a lot of hard work on the part of our caregivers,” said Dennis Lee, vice president and chief information officer at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “This award speaks greatly to their desire to lead the healthcare experience of our community.”
Adopting advanced stages of electronic medical records has a positive impact on patient care and patient safety through:
The use of electronic health records has already increased safety for patients because the system alerts physicians to possible drug interactions or allergies, according to Eduardo Pino, MD.
“The electronic record stores information such as a patient’s diagnoses or past history, which allows for seamless integration for patient care,” added Dr. Pino, a pediatric intensivist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “The ability to share information and schedule appointments aids the primary care provider and contributes to continuity of care. In addition, care of patients has become more efficient because our physicians have faster access to laboratory and radiology reports, which allows us to act more quickly on the results.”