Catalan healthcare organisation achieves highest level in Continuity of Care across the globe
Article posted on: January 25, 2017
Badalona Serveis Assistencials (BSA), in Spain, has been recognised as a global leader in the way it uses IT to provide patient care across the care continuum.
BSA has been recognised with a Stage 4 level and a compliance achievement of 76%, thus attaining the highest maturity in Continuity of Care worldwide against other CCMM assessments HIMSS Analytics has carried out.
Jordi Piera Jimenez, Chief Information and Innovation Officer at BSA, said: “Through the CCMM assessment, we have been able to gain an understanding of our level of integration among care levels which is a key element due to the nature of our organisation.”
BADALONA, SPAIN - (HealthTech Wire / News) — Badalona Serveis Assistencials (BSA), in Spain, has been recognised as a global leader in the way it uses information technology to provide patient care across the care continuum. Created to help optimise outcomes for health systems and patients alike, the HIMSS Analytics Continuity of Care Maturity Model (CCMM) outlines the progressive capabilities healthcare organisations need to possess in order to seamlessly co-ordinate patient care across a continuum of care sites and providers.
The global maturity model reports a care community’s maturity in terms of eight stages (Stage 0 ‘low maturity’ to Stage 7 ‘high maturity’). BSA has been recognised with a Stage 4 level and a compliance achievement of 76%, thus attaining the highest maturity in Continuity of Care worldwide against other CCMM assessments HIMSS Analytics has carried out.
Jordi Piera Jimenez, CIIO at BSA, said: “Through the CCMM assessment, we have been able to gain an understanding of our level of integration among care levels which is a key element due to the nature of our organisation. An analysis of the results has allowed us to set up a pathway for future improvements which will hopefully position us at a level of unprecedented integration.”
More than 1,200 professionals at BSA have been faced with the challenge of providing Continuity of Care for over 200,000 citizens in the area. Continuity of Care engages multiple stakeholders across many organisations and progress can only be achieved through team effort. Information technology, clinical and governance stakeholders all make up the breakdown of the CCMM assessment structure, and BSA scored the highest under governance.
John Rayner, Regional Director at HIMSS Analytics, said: “Governance stakeholders drive the focus and strategy of the organisation in Badalona. They are forward and future thinking, anticipating what needs to be done and how the organisation will evolve.”
Rayner added: “BSA has proved to be more advanced than other European health care regions when it comes to continuity of care. Patients have online access to a pan-organisational personal health record (via their “La Meva Salut” system) to view demographic and medical information, including diagnoses, diagnostic lab and radiology results and medication prescriptions. BSA is an exemplary model to follow and we are honoured to announce this ground-breaking achievement”.
The Continuity of Care global maturity model addresses the convergence of interoperability, information exchange, care co-ordination, patient engagement and analytics with the ultimate goal of holistic individual and population health management. Jordi Piera will be presenting the BSA model of Continuity of Care on 28 March during HIMSS Liege, in Belgium.
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