Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) has once again proven that they are a leader in implementing and using information technology to enable patient care by achieving Stage 6, HIMSS designation.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the best use of information technology and management systems in the health care industry.
To achieve Stage 6 designation, a hospital must have physician documentation and charting implemented for at least one patient care area and a full complement of radiology PACS (picture archiving communications system). These advances improve the timeliness and accuracy of physician documentation to support care delivery, provide a higher level of clinical decision support with physician protocols, and therefore, improve clinical outcomes and eliminate or significantly reduce the costs / expenses for dictation and transcription.
Hospitals achieving this designation are scored on a number of variables and the organization is given an overall score. MSH achieved the highest score in Canada with a 6.056.
“Achieving Stage 6 is a collaborative effort between Information Technology, Pharmacy, Professional Practice, Physicians, Clinical Informatics and of course all of our clinicians; this is not an IT achievement alone,” says Tim Pemberton, Director, Information Technology and Telecommunications. “Everyone in our organization is truly committed to using technology to enhance patient care. This designation is a great recognition of the strides that we have made in this area.”
From a day-to-day patient care perspective, achieving Stage 6 designation means MSH is able to write and order medications and other treatments through MEDITECH 6.0 as well as document a patient’s journey within the electronic system, improve patient medication safety through electronic medication administration and bedside verification and provide data to assist in making important clinical decisions.
“Our team is really proud of this accomplishment and is already looking ahead to achieving more milestones in the future,” says Pemberton.