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Singapore hospitals win EMRAM awards from HIMSS Analytics

Global healthcare IT data powerhouse HIMSS Analytics, launches Asian operations

SINGAPORE (June 14, 2011) - HIMSS Analytics, a global leader in analyzing healthcare data relating to IT processes and environments, launched its Asian operations here with the presentation of its prestigious Stage 6 Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Award to four Singapore hospitals - Singapore General Hospital (SGH), KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and National University Hospital (NUH).

The awards were presented by Yong Ying-I, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and HIMSS President/CEO H. Stephen Lieber.

HIMSS Analytics has been collecting data and providing benchmarking services to US hospitals since 2005 and is now launching its operations in Asia

"Given the sophistication of hospitals in Singapore and the growing healthcare IT infrastructure in the region, we are excited to be here. While technology continues to evolve and shape our lives, merely purchasing the technology isn't enough to succeed in healthcare. Understanding the best practices in effective use of that technology is key and this is the expertise that HIMSS provides," said Mr. H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President/CEO.

Mr. Lieber added that HIMSS Analytics Asia's services which include the world's most comprehensive annual benchmarking report on electronic medical records [EMR] progress at hospitals and health systems, offer a wealth of information that will aid healthcare providers, IT companies, consulting firms and government agencies.

The IT networks of the four award-winning hospitals are managed by Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), which oversees IT across all the public healthcare institutions in Singapore.

IHiS Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chong Yoke Sin, said: "SGH, KKH, TTSH and NUH have become the first public hospitals in the Asia Pacific region to achieve the HIMSS Stage 6 award, and Singapore has become the first country in the region to have several Stage 6 hospitals.
"The HIMSS internationally recognized industry benchmark places our four hospitals among the world's best, and speaks volumes of the advanced technology in our public healthcare sector. It also highlights IHiS and the hospitals' clear leadership in clinical IT capability in the region."

Dr Chong added: "The awards are the result of massive efforts at our public healthcare organizations in recent years to harness technology to transform clinical processes, to provide more patient- centric, effective and cost efficient care."

There are a total of 8 stages (0-7) on the EMRAM with the goal of reaching Stage 7 - operating in a fully paperless environment where the healthcare organization can support the true sharing and use of health and wellness information by consumers and providers alike.

In the United States, only 3.5% out of 5,275 hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics have achieved Stage 6 recognition for implementation of the electronic medical record. The only hospital in Asia that has achieved the Stage 7 designation is Seoul National University Bundang Hospital.

To be eligible for the Stage 7 Award, hospitals must first participate in the HIMSS Analytics Annual Study and pass an on-site validation visit from the HIMSS Analytics team. The team collects detailed healthcare IT data and compiles a report that tracks the implementation and adoption of EMR applications through each stage of the EMR Adoption Model. The results of the first HIMSS Analytics Annual Study in Asia will be unveiled at the HIMSS AsiaPac 11 Conference & Leadership Summit in Melbourne in September 2011.

The launch of HIMSS Analytics Asia is sponsored by leading consultant firms Deloitte& Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

A spokesperson for Deloitte & Touche said they recognized the value of HIMSS Analytics Asia's deep industry experience and advanced analytics capability which maximizes the data by making it available to the decision makers. "With the growth in EMR adoption across Asia, we see great potential in tapping healthcare data for useful insights. We feel that HIMSS Analytics Asia's offering and Deloitte's thought leadership in life sciences-healthcare industry will provide immense value to the industry in general and the governments and public at large," said Ghanshyam Ahuja, Senior Manager & Industry Lead for LifeSciences & Healthcare, South East Asia, Deloitte & Touche.

"PwC is pleased to support the launch of the HIMSS Analytics Service in the region which will enable healthcare providers to benchmark their clinical IT capability against some of the world's leading healthcare organizations. We look forward to strong future collaboration with HIMSS to advance healthcare IT innovation for the joint benefit of patients and clients in Asia and Australia," said Mr Klaus Boehncke, eHealth Leader for PwC Australia and Asia.

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About HIMSS Analytics Asia
HIMSS Analytics Asia is a subsidiary of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) which is a wholly owned not-for-profit healthcare IT organization. HIMSS Analytics Asia collects and analyzes healthcare information related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics Asia delivers high quality products, services and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies and consulting firms. For more information, please visit www.himssanalyticsasia.org

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other

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