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Durham Regional Hospital Achieves Stage 6 in HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model

Aug. 4, 2011

Durham Regional Hospital has been awarded Stage 6 designation by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). This award recognizes health care organizations that have effectively adopted electronic medical records relative to the HIMSS Analytics adoption model. Stage 6 is the second highest designation awarded by the HIMSS.

“This recognition from HIMSS is a significant accomplishment and truly a testament to the hard work and partnership between the IT staff and the clinical operations staff at Durham Regional, as well as our vendor partner” said Terry Mears, director of Information Services and Clinical Informatics at Durham Regional Hospital.

Durham Regional has been working to automate electronic medical records since the mid-1990s. Key milestones along this journey have included the implementation of:

  • nursing documentation
  • medication administration
  • Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE)
  • physician documentation
  • clinical decision support
  • ancillary information systems in pharmacy, labs and radiology
  • radiology PACS (images)
  • clinical data repository (lifetime patient record)

“Achieving this level of electronic medical records adoption underscores our hospital’s commitment to patient safety and high standards of care,” said Robert Lineberger, MD, medical information officer at Durham Regional Hospital.

According to HIMSS, North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem is the only other hospital in North Carolina with Stage 6 designation. There are only 229 hospitals in the world with a Stage 6 designation.