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by Cerner Middle East and Africa
Published on January 3, 2017

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics has recently announced that two Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) facilities, the Heart Hospital and the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), have achieved the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM) Stage 6 distinction, an international benchmark for the use of advanced IT to improve patient care. This is the first HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 achievement in Qatar.

“The Stage 6 accreditation demonstrates that electronic physician documentation has been installed throughout the entire hospital with structured documentation templates, which enables physicians to ‘point-and-click’ from a standardized selection of options that facilitate future reporting and data analysis. We have a clinical decision support system, and closed loop medication administration, which contributes to the delivery of safer and more effective patient care,” said Professor William McKenna, medical director and CEO of the Heart Hospital.

This first HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 achievement in Qatar reflects years of hard work and dedication to improving patient care and business processes, made possible by HMC’s systemwide adoption of Cerner Millennium’s® electronic health record (EHR).

“Working with Cerner, the team has embraced the technology of the clinical information system, which enhances patient safety and improves the efficiency of care delivery. We also thank our patients and their families for their willingness to work with us during the pre- and post-implementation phases of our new advanced health care systems,” said Professor Alexander Knuth, medical director and CEO of the NCCCR.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMRAM as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. There are eight stages (0 – 7) that measure a hospital's implementation and utilization of information technology applications. Hospitals can tack and review their progress in completing each stage as they proceed towards the ultimate goal of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment that delivers safety and efficiency improvements.

Dr. AbdulWahab Al Musleh, HMC’s deputy CMO for Clinical Information Systems and EMRAM project sponsor said, “Through effectively using Cerner Millennium, the digital progress continues to transform the way care is delivered to our patients. With more complete patient information, our clinicians improve their ability to make well-informed treatment decisions quickly and safely.”

“Cerner Millennium produced savings in several areas, including medication entry. A primary benefit of the Computer Physician Order Entry (CPOE) is that it can help reduce errors, such as those related to illegible handwriting, transcription of medication orders and adverse drug events. Over the next year, with the continued use of CPOE, we expect to continue saving lives while lowering costs,” added Dr. Al Musleh.

Dr. Alejandro Kohn Tuli, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at HMC, a key contributor to the project, added, “achieving Stage 6 recognition is the result of collective team effort by all clinical and administrative teams, which would not have been possible without their valuable commitment. This achievement is an important milestone keeping HMC hospitals on the forefront clinically and technologically, regionally and internationally.”

HMC’s Heart Hospital and NCCCR are the first two hospitals in Qatar to achieve HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 accreditation. In addition, the facilities are Cerner’s No. 14 and No. 15 clients in the Middle East to receive the recognition.

“We are proud to support the Heart Hospital and NCCCR, especially on their journey to become a certified HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 organization and achieve this prestigious milestone. We look forward to continue the hard work with all HMC facilities,” said Eric Engman, general manager, Cerner Middle East.

Heart Hospital and NCCCR will be recognized at the HIMSS Qatar Educational Conference and Health IT Exhibition in May 2017.

For more information about the Hamad Medical Corporation and Cerner relationship, watch this video.

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