The Galway Clinic has just been awarded HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Managements System Society) stage 6 on their Electronic Medical RecordAdoption Model.This award is in recognition of the implementation of a full electronic Medical Record and investment in technologies such as electronic prescribing and administration of drugs for all inpatients, electronic nursing and medical documentation and clinical decision support tools.
This system rates hospitals and healthcare organisations from Stage 0 to 7, with 7 being the most advanced, in their use of information technology for the betterment of patient care.
Galway Clinic's Clinical Informatics Leader, Jackie Kirrane will be speaking at the HISI 2014 Conference as part of the HISI NM Sessions about the implementation. We, at HISI look, forward to hearing how the Galway Clinic have achieved their Stage 6 EMRAM status and would like to commend the team in Galway for leading in this area.
Since opening it doors, the Galway Clinic Board of Directors and Executive team have continuously focused on using IT to support clinicians in the provision of excellent healthcare services. Throughout those years, technologies such as electronic prescribing and administration of drugs, nursing and physician electronic documentation have advanced us towards the completeness of an Electronic Medical Record at the clinic. This variety of technological advances have an established record of enhancing patient care by reducing waiting lists and delays in treatment.
The Galway clinic has a vision to establish a fully electronic medical record for their patients. They are striving to achieve this, currently 90% of their patients charts are created electronically. The clinic is the first hospital in Ireland and the UK to receive the award. In fact, at present only 47 hospitals in Europe have attained this level.