UPMC Bedford Memorial Joins Exclusive Company with Stage 6 Status for its Electronic Medical Record System
Bedford County hospital is among the fewer than 5 percent of U.S. hospitals with comprehensive electronic record for better patient care.
UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital has achieved Stage 6 designation of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model for its implementation of an electronic medical record system, continuing to provide local residents with world-class service and unprecedented access to the highest-quality health care.
In fact, UPMC Bedford Memorial is one of only 263 hospitals in the U.S.--fewer than 5 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics database — and one of only 10 UPMC facilities to reach the highest Stage 6 or 7 levels, providing a more seamless and accessible electronic route to patient information for medical professionals and safer, higher-quality care for patients.
“Achieving Stage 6 status underscores our commitment to providing Bedford County residents with the highest quality of care possible,” said Roger Winn, UPMC Bedford Memorial president. “Our doctors and nurses are now able to easily access a patient’s medical record and immediately go to work providing the very best care, without waiting on and then thumbing through a cumbersome paper chart.”
UPMC Bedford Memorial joins nine other UPMC facilities as being among the most advanced in the world for their use of comprehensive electronic medical records.
Printing, shipping, storing and searching paper medical records is not only costly for rural hospitals, but it also makes it cumbersome to share and access real-time information for we well-informed health care decisions.
“UPMC is one of the nation’s earliest and most sophisticated users of electronic medical records,” said Mark Wiley, UPMC Bedford Memorial’s director of information technology. “Over the past five years, UPMC has invested more than $1.3 billion in technology to support the system’s clinical excellence and administrative efficiency.”
The only organization to be named one of the “most wired” hospitals for 13 consecutive years by Hospitals & Health Networks, UPMC ranked fifth last year in the InformationWeek500, a list of technology innovators across all industries.
In addition to UPMC Bedford Memorial, UPMC Passavant, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, UPMC McKeesport, UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside and UPMC St. Margaret have also reached Stage 6, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has reached Stage 7. ISMETT, UPMC’s transplant hospital in Italy, has reached Stage 6 in HIMSS European EMR adoption model.
UPMC Bedford Memorial’s electronic medical records transformation will take the critical next-step toward Stage 7 designation in July 2012 with the inclusion of the EpicCare EMR at nine of its 11 Community Medicine Inc. physician offices. EpicCare is an electronic system for order entry, clinical documentation, results review, bedside device integration, patient education, treatment planning and clinical pathways.