Virginia-based Bon Secours Health Systems has reached Stage 7 in the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model developed by HIMSS Analytics. The model acts as a guide for medical facilities to go completely paperless.
In the model, facilities must complete eight stages (0-7) in order to fully evaluate the impact of the document management system. Bon Secours’ ambulatory clinics are among the first in the nation to be recognized at Stage 7, according to PhysBizTech. The health system includes 107 providers in 31 practices that have achieved Stage 7 of an advanced electronic environment. Each clinic is visited by a team that conducts overviews and assesses the effectiveness of the electronic document implementation. All aspects of the integration is observed in order to fully gauge the productivity generated from the system’s use.
“Bon Secours Health System’s vision for ‘one patient, one record’ has been integral to our success,” said Peter Bernard, executive vice president of business development and CEO of Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “Without the strong leadership of our clinical, operational and technology teams, this elite Stage 7 designation could not have been realized.”
HIMSS Analytics has recognized only a small number of facilities for reaching the upper levels of the program. Out of the 18,318 ambulatory facilities, only 1.12 percent reached Stage 6 while 0.96 percent have claimed the Stage 7 designation, according to HIMSS Analytics data. While it is difficult to reach the highest stage, the honor is among the highest that clinics can achieve from their paperless initiative.
Paperless can benefit all health practices
Document management systems have been cited for their ability to optimize the sharing and organizing of information. While there are also financial incentives for the switch, patient safety, automated ordering and comprehensive data analysis are among the other features that help increase a facility’s efficiency, according to HemOnc Today. While there is also traditionally a significant cost savings that can be achieved through the document digitization, the main feature that practices enjoy is the ability to provide a better treatment environment for their patients.
Going paperless in medical facilities can be difficult at first, but through a plan like the adoption model, practices will be able to better visualize their goal and how to achieve it. The Bon Secours Health Systems has been able to successfully implement the system across multiple practices and achieve the highest level, showing that with time and dedication, all practices can reach the distinction.