Hospital de Cascais becomes first Portuguese hospital to achieve Stage 6 rating on EMRAM scale
Article posted on: February 16, 2017
- Cascais Hospital is the first Portuguese establishment to achieve Stage 6 on HIMSS Analytics' Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) scale.
- Stage 6 is awarded to hospitals that have mastered the challenges of implementing an advanced clinical decision support system that interacts with clinical documentation, as well as a Closed Loop Medication Administration process.
- “Our clinical and technical teams have worked hard to ensure that our investment in technology is now providing real benefit for the patients and citizens we serve,” said Vasco Antunes Pereira, CEO at Hospital de Cascais.
LISBON, PORTUGAL - (HealthTech Wire / News) — The Portuguese Hospital de Cascais Doutor José de Almeida has been awarded with a Stage 6 level on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). This is the first time that the award has been given to a Portuguese hospital and reflects the hospital’s commitment to improving health outcomes through the use of information technology.
HIMSS Analytics’ EMRAM provides a roadmap and guidance along an eight-stage continuum with comparisons to healthcare organisations in the same country and around the world. Stage 0 represents little or no use of clinical information systems, while Stage 7 represents a paperless patient record environment that enables improved quality of care and organisational performance. Stage 6 is awarded to hospitals that have mastered the challenges of implementing an advanced clinical decision support system that interacts with clinical documentation, as well as a Closed Loop Medication Administration process.
“It is clear to me that Cascais Hospital are able to make that important connection between their investment in information technology and increasing patient safety and the overall quality of clinical care that they provide to their patients,” said John Rayner, Regional Director, Europe and Latin America, HIMSS Analytics. “I was particularly impressed by their processes to ensure that technology assisted with the identification of the patient and the medicine thereby increasing levels of patient safety in this important area. Clinicians within the hospital are clearly familiar with technology and the need to reduce their reliance on paper and non-automated services.”
'Committed to using technology'
Vasco Antunes Pereira, CEO at Hospital de Cascais, outlined the importance of the award to his hospital: “We recognise that this Stage 6 award is an integral part of our journey of continuous improvement and that it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to using technology as part of our patient safety strategy.
Providing high quality patient centred care is at the very heart of all that we do. Our clinical and technical teams have worked hard to ensure that our investment in technology is now providing real benefit for the patients and citizens we serve,” Periera concluded.
Cascais Hospital is situated in the greater Lisbon area, Portugal and is equipped with 277 inpatient beds, 33 consultation rooms, six operating theatres, 10 delivery rooms and eight intensive care beds. The hospital was recognised during an award ceremony at the World of Health IT 2016, in Barcelona.
HIMSS Analytics in Europe
HIMSS Analytics in Europe provides healthcare organisations, governments and industry with extensive data resources and services about the adoption and use of healthcare IT in Europe. HIMSS Analytics’ offerings include database and advisory solutions which encompass market research, IT adoption benchmarking, IT Maturity Models for topics like Electronic Medical Records or Continuity of Care. These offerings are designed to support Management and CIOs, IT Executives and Clinicians from across Europe to compare and measure their progress.