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A Strategic Road Map to Achieve EMRAM Stage 6 or 7

By Amber Zaucha | Published Mar 14, 2019 | 15 MIN READ

Nowadays, healthcare facilities face big challenges like streamlining processes, reducing healthcare expenses, and improving clinician and patient satisfaction. All while complying with dynamic industry standards. A few years ago EMRAM scores were the "hot topic" but we think they're still very relevant today even without large government incentives.

If you're not familiar, EMRAM (Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model) is an eight-stage (0-7) model that measures the adoption and utilization of EMR (Electronic Medical Records). With its roots as far back as 2005, this strategic roadmap was created by HIMSS Analytics and international groups of industry partners to improve health through the better use of technology and information.

As of January 1st, 2018 these standards have been updated and reintroduced. This new model allows hospitals to track their health IT implementations and adoption compared to other entities nationwide. Scores could become a public badge of honor or disrepute.


Quick Summary of what it takes to be Stage 6 or 7

Data Analytics & Governance

  • All discrete data, document images, and medical images are in the EMR
  • The facility is essentially paperless
  • Data warehousing and advanced analytics is in use

Disaster Recovery

  • Able to share clinical information readily with an array of outside entities

Privacy & Security

  • There is summary data continuity for all healthcare facility services
  • IT security technologies, such as anti-virus/anti-malware and mobile device management
  • Physician documentation and CPOE has achieved the 90% mark for Stage 7 or 50% for Stage 6
    • Closed-loop processes have reached 95% for Stage 7 or 50% for Stage 6



If you want to see a complete breakdown of each stage, HIMSS Analytics provides a resource.

Or get straight to work and review your healthcare facilities’ EMRAM Score here.


Why EMRAM is Important

Rankings represent factual and telling benefits for patients in terms of quality, safety, and overall care. Studies have also shown that physicians who are apart of a Stage 7 environment are generally more confident and satisfied overall.

Did you know? Short-term memory can hold up to 7 pieces of information at the same time... But only for around 20 seconds! Instant documentation is vital.


US Hospital EMRAM Adoption as of 2017 Q3

Source: HIMSS Analytics Data


Altus Has What it Takes

To most organizations, Stage 7 may seem like a difficult feat. But there is hope! By nature, clinicians’ work is mobile and collaborative. Instant access to information is essential.

Altus’ medical rolling computer carts and wall mounted workstations provide paperless, at the point of care documentation. Even if coupled in a small room, our powerful, height adjustable workstations conjure up an atmosphere that’s just as stylish as it is ergonomic and welcomes interaction at the point of care.

Our mobile medical workstation, Clio, compliments clinicians’ workstyles and instant access to EMR anywhere they go. With an unsurpassed run-time of 12-14 hours per charge, clinicians can keep up the momentum without power letting them down. Clio has become the pinnacle of engineering and design. Highly capable and highly custom to get the job done.

Space is incredibly valuable in healthcare environments. A wall mounted solution like Reach, wall mounted technology has the benefit of hard wiring WIFI and power near the patient for an uninterrupted workflow.

ClioMed has made medication delivery and data entry into EMR seamless. Think Clio, but featuring secure individual locking doors and a durable steel body, with software that records drawers, nurses, and medication administered. RFID badge compatible.

It’s important to remember it’s not just the technology that will improve patient experience, confident clinicians, or successful healthcare facilities.

There needs to be a concrete system in place with training, tools, and resources to meet each unique user’s needs and shared ownership between with a team of strong IT leadership and executive advocates who are entirely committed to continuously improving the process through collaboration. Clinicians and end-users will be impelled to be onboard when you include them in the process.

Boost the mobility of your EMR documentation software and the overall workflow of your medical facility with Altus. Contact us today.

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