Mackenzie Health has been recognized by HIMSS Analytics for achieving Stage 6 on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model℠ (EMRAM). This is an international benchmark for the use of advanced Information Technology (IT) to improve patient care and Mackenzie Health is the first Canadian hospital with a full-suite Epic EMR and one of four Ontario community hospitals to have achieved this designation to date.
"This important designation reflects our entire organization's mission to relentlessly improve care to create healthier communities and our commitment to the highest level of patient safety in our electronic medical record adoption," says Diane Salois-Swallow, Chief Information Office, Mackenzie Health. "Through focused, strategic leadership and sustained efforts from our team, Mackenzie Health took a step forward to help deliver excellent quality care to every patient, every time through state-of-the-art technology systems."
The Stage 6 designation recognizes Mackenzie Health's leadership in being the first hospital in Canada to implement the Epic End-to-End EMR. The state-of-the-art clinical information system provides an integrated medical record that makes it possible for the care team to spend more time with patients, provide physicians with exactly what they need to make important health care decisions quicker and empower patients with easy access to their health records. The implementation was one of the largest transformational projects in Mackenzie Health's history.
"We are extremely proud of our entire team's pioneering efforts to be the first Canadian hospital with a full-suite Epic EMR to reach EMRAM Stage 6," says Richard Tam, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Mackenzie Health. "This designation is a testament to Mackenzie Health's commitment to creating a world-class health experience and sets a new standard for how care is delivered in our community and at the health system level."