The Top 100 Hospitals according to Thomson Reuters have been found to be more fully utilizing Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems, as determined by HIMSS Analytics.
There is a higher percentage of the hospitals in question (including Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, and Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, FL) in Stage 3 or higher of the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM), according to HIMSS Analytics’ research. This model is an eight-step process for tracking progress in achieving meaningful use and qualifying for ARRA incentive payments against healthcare organizations across the U.S.
In related news, a recent article in the Journal of AHIMA notes that healthcare privacy officers’ roles have changed immensely since being mandated for covered entities under HIPAA in 2003. Protecting patient health information (PHI) has become much more complex with new regulations, technology, and data-sharing initiatives changing the healthcare IT landscape, and privacy officers need to stay current with emerging technologies and their potential impact on patient privacy.