Hospital de Dénia Achieves HIMSS Stage 7

18 May 2012

Dénia May 11, 2012 - The Hospital de Dénia is the first Spanish hospital, and the second one in Europe, to achieve HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) Stage 7, the highest certification on implementing its electronic medical record. The hospital is now completely digital. This positions Hospital de Dénia in the top tier of the select list of hospitals that have received this award by HIMSS; until now, only a German hospital in Europe has been recognized with this highest score.

The award was accepted this week in Copenhagen by the Managing Director of Marina Salud, Ángel Giménez; the Councilman Delegate, Fidel Campoy; the Directors of Systems and Information Technologies from the Conselleria de Sanitat and Marina Salud, Gregorio Gómez and Vicent Moncho, respectively; and VP & General Manager of Cerner Iberia, Marcos García.

The designation was given at a gala dinner held as part of the European conference eHealth Week 2012, one of the most important world events on electronic health and healthcare information and communication technology solutions.

In his speech, the Managing Director of Marina Salud, the organisation managing the Dénia Healthcare Department, Ángel Giménez, expressed his satisfaction and pride from leading a hospital considered by international organisations as a reference centre, in terms of technology, in Spain and Europe. Giménez thanked the Valencian Government and business partners from DKV Seguros Médicos and Ribera Salud, for “the support and trust granted to professionals and managers since the beginning, even when there had been no previous experience in Spain on implementing the Cerner Millennium® system created by the multinational company Cerner."

Ángel Giménez emphasized “the important role of professionals in achieving this technological stage. It is them who have been working day after day modeling this powerful tool, allowing us to enjoy one of the best electronic medical records in Europe; which benefits directly quality of care and patient safety”.

The hospital of the future

The Hospital de Dénia has implemented electronic systems in every part of the health care process, turning itself into a paperless hospital. Hence, the electronic medical record generated is one of a few in Spain capable of integrating patient encounters to assessments, surgical interventions, medication, discharges or external visits.

“The sophisticated clinical and corporate intelligence program allows personnel to analyse healthcare quality and efficiency," said Marcos García, vice president and general manager of Cerner Iberia, “and supports clinical practice - that is, the system guides and helps clinical decision making, enabling an increased quality of care and patient safety.”

Nurses and physicians chart their clinical notes online so that providers may instantly access the most recent data anywhere in the Dénia Healthcare Department Network, which consists of: the Hospital, four Integrated Healthcare Centres, eight Health Centres, and 34 clinician offices.

According to the Director of Systems and Information Technologies, Vicent Moncho, “When we achieved Stage 6 last year, our electronic medical record was already showing value; because at Stage 6, information is widespread in the organisation and clinician orders are already implemented. Clinicians can only prescribe through the system."

“Now at the maximum level, Stage 7” adds Moncho, “paper is not even used to create the Care Plan that nursing has to follow. It is all in the system, all information is digital."

More patient safety through medication closed loop

HIMSS has considered that another aspect differentiating the Hospital de Dénia from other Spanish and European hospitals is the performance of the hospital's medication administration system.

To this effect, the Director of Systems and Information Technologies stressed that, “thanks to the closed medication loop we contribute to patient safety, because the medication arrives to the patient's bedside, where the nurse, after identifying the patient, will be able to verify the five rights in one single screen: right patient, right medication, right dosage, right time, and right route.”

Following the announcement, Matthew Swindells, Senior Vice President of Global Consulting and European Operations said: “Cerner is delighted that its partners Hospital de Dénia has been recognised for their exceptional use of information technology with the HIMSS stage 7 accolade. Hospital de Dénia have achieved this recognition by demonstrating that the combination of great management, clinical process transformation and world class information technology can improve the quality of care and efficiency of a hospital, to the benefit of its staff and patients.

"Implementing an EMR is not just about technological change, but rethinking clinical practices to take advantage of the new technology. Cerner has been working with its clients across the globe for over three decades to improve efficiency, reduce cost and provide the best standards of care. Our clients’ successes are being recognised not only in Spain, but in the UK, France, Germany, the Middle East, South East Asia, Australia and North America."