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St. Stephen's Hospital Hervey Bay Achieves HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Records Adoption Modelsm (EMRAM) Stage 6 Award

Queensland, Australia - HIMSS Analytics Asia Pacific is proud to announce that St. Stephen's Hospital Hervey Bay has achieved Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). It is Australia's first fully integrated digital hospital.

The award places St. Stephen's Hospital Hervey Bay, among the select group of world-class healthcare facilities that have successfully deployed high level of health IT to significantly improve quality of care and patient safety.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Modelsm in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database. Tracking their progress on an 8-stage scale (0-7), hospitals can review implementation and utilization of IT applications. Stage 7, the highest stage, represents presence of an advanced electronic patient record, paperless environment and capability for community healthcare information exchange.

Reaching Stage 6 is a result of focus, good direction and a steadfast commitment from leadership. Stage 6 institutions have established clear goals for improving safety, minimizing errors, and prioritizing IT implementations.

"UnitingCare Health is proud to be able to showcase a fully integrated digital hospital in Australia. Our success in achieving HIMSS EMRAM Level 6 certification within 6 weeks of opening is testament to the dedication of the ehealth team from both UCH and Cerner. We look forward to monitoring and reporting on the benefits realisation over the next 12 months through our Wesley and St Andrews Research Institute," said Mr. Richard Royle, Executive Director, UnitingCare Health.

"St. Stephen's Hervey Bay has begun to reap the benefits of a fully paperless, digital hospital. Already they have seen the benefits of an automated the electronic medical record with simultaneous access to the pertinent clinical information and built in reminders from care protocols. The nurses feel that they are providing safer medication administration with 21st century technology for medication administration. This is a tremendous benefit for the Hervey Bay community." said Mr. John Hoyt, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics.

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