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HIMSS Analytics Honors LVHN and LVPG with EMRAM and Ambulatory– O-EMRAM Stage 7 Achievement

This award honors facilities operating in a paperless environment and represents best practices in implementing the electronic medical record


HIMSS Analytics recently announced that Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) achieved EMRAMSM Stage 7 for Lehigh Valley-based inpatient and ambulatory areas. The award represents LVHN’s attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM)SM, which is used to track the progress in deploying electronic health records (EHR) in hospitals and health systems.

Lehigh Valley Health Network began its transition to an integrated EHR) system in 2013 to improve patient care across the network. In 2015, Lehigh Valley-area ambulatory and inpatient locations fully transitioned to the Epic EHR system. With the use of a fully-integrated EHR system, patients need just one chart which is accessible from a primary care provider’s office to a specialist’s office, and if needed, to the hospital. As part of the EHR system, LVHN also launched a new patient portal, MyLVHN, one of the fastest growing patient portals in Epic’s experience. The portal has more than 160,000 registered who use MyLVHN to review medication lists, schedule appointments and request video visits.

LVHN’s hospitals – Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street, LVH–Muhlenberg and LVHN–Tilghman – were assessed using the EMRAM model, and Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) ambulatory sites in Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties were assessed using the HIMSS Analytics’ Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (O-EMRAM), a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Logic™ database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications.

The highest level, Stage 7, represents an advanced digital patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

According to data from HIMSS Analytics LOGIC, as of the first quarter of 2017, only 5 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the United States achieved EMRAM Stage 7. For the Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (O-EMRAM), only 9.7 percent of the over 41,000 ambulatory clinics in the United States has achieved Stage 7 in the O-EMRAM.

“The transition to an integrated EHR and achieving EMRAM Stage 7 was not just an information technology task. The Stage 7 designation was achieved by thousands of LVHN colleagues across two LVHN hospital campuses and 150 LVPG ambulatory practices,” says Mike Minear, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at LVHN. “Their adoption of the best practices needed to manage patient care in a modern digital record is the key. Today our patients experience more coordinated care across all of Lehigh Valley Health Network, and now – whether home or away – every LVHN patient can easily connect with their health information and providers using the MyLVHN patient portal.”

Lehigh Valley Health Network will be recognized at the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on March 5-9, 2018, at the Venetian – Palazzo – Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the healthcare provider maturity models and Stage 7 award.