Seventeen Banner Health facilities have achieved Stage 7, the final stage in the adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) as acknowledged by HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. HIMSS Analytics monitors and recognizes levels of EMR adoption and meaningful use in hospitals in the United States, Canada and other countries.

Banner Health’s 17 Stage 7 hospitals are among only 82 hospitals in the nation at this top level of EMR use. Banner is also recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top Five Large Health System in the nation and as a Top Leadership Team/Large System by HealthLeaders magazine.

In order to obtain the final stage in the EMR adoption, hospitals must be paperless and be able to share clinical information with other health care facilities, networks, clinics, employers, payers and patients. At this stage, health care organizations can store and analyze data to use to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience.

HIMSS Analytics surveyors conducted an on-site review of Banner’s EMR technologies at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center located in Phoenix. Since nearly all Banner facilities have the same level of EMR adoption and usage, surveyors were able to judge facility capabilities across the system based on their findings at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Four more Banner Health facilities will achieve Stage 7 this summer once they have implemented using bar-coding technology for patient identification and medications administration. The remaining facilities will achieve Stage 7 in 2013.

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