Latest Turkish hospital to receive EMRAM Stage 6 award underlines country's ambition to develop one of the most digitally advanced health systems in Europe

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“We are very proud to have come this far in demonstrating the dedication we have to prove that technology can and will improve patient outcomes in our hospital."
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  • The Turkish Hospital Urla Devlet Hastanesi has been awarded with a Stage 6 level on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).
  • The recognition reflects the hospital’s solid path to digitisation and its willingness to improve health outcomes through the use of information technology.

  • Urla Hospital’s Director Adıgüzel Demirel said: "Receiving the HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 Award gives the hospital the recognition it deserves and is an important step towards achieving a paperless hospital environment and the EMR Adoption Model has certainly supported us in that path”.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - (HealthTech Wire / News) - The Turkish Hospital Urla Devlet Hastanesi has been awarded with a Stage 6 level on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). The recognition reflects the hospital’s solid path to digitisation and its willingness to improve health outcomes through the use of information technology.

The hospital has mastered the key challenges for EMRAM Stage 6, namely implementing an advanced clinical decision support that interacts with clinical documentation as well as establishing a Closed Loop Medication Administration process, as described on the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM chart. EMRAM has eight stages, Stage 0 representing little or no use of clinical information systems in the hospital and Stage 7 representing a paperless patient record environment that enables improved quality of care and organizational performance. With just one step away from the highest stage, Urla Hospital has come a long way in its commitment to improving health and patient safety through the effective use of technology.

With 160 inpatient beds, the public hospital is of medium size with most EMR components being implemented by Probel, while other software products are fully integrated. Jörg Studzinski, Senior Consultant at HIMSS Analytics in Europe, who conducted the onsite visit, said: “We found that Urla Hospital has an outstanding management support for EMR-related matters. The hospital has a fully integrated EMR system providing one single user interface for all clinical areas.

“In addition, the use of electronic nursing and physician documentation throughout the hospital is very apparent and nearly results in the elimination of paper files. The hospital staff are committed and dedicated in the implementation and execution of information systems at the Urla Devlet Hastanesi.

“A number of other aspects of the onsite visit were worth noting, in particular the “well-established closed loop medication administration process in the cardiology unit, with barcode enabled unit dose medication”, Studzinski added.

There are currently 13 EMRAM Stage 6 hospitals in Turkey, including the newly awarded Urla Hospital, in Europe only Spain has more such hospitals. Urla Devlet Hastanesi will be recognised for its achievement at the upcoming HIMSS Turkey Conference and Exhibition and will officially be awarded at HIMSS Europe’s pan European event, eHealth Week, by Stephen Lieber, President and CEO of HIMSS.

Urla Hospital’s Director Adıgüzel Demirel said: “We are very proud to have come this far in demonstrating the dedication we have to prove that technology can and will improve patient outcomes in our hospital. Receiving the HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 Award gives the hospital the recognition it deserves and is an important step towards achieving a paperless hospital environment and the EMR Adoption Model has certainly supported us in that path”.

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Source: HealthTech Wire

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