UCLA hospitals receive top honors for operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing electronic medical records

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Three UCLA hospitals - Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center - received a top honor from HIMSS Analytics it was announced on Dec 10. 

UCLA's hospitals received HIMSS Analytics' acute care Stage 7 award, an award that represents attainment of the highest level of electronic medical record progress at hospitals and health systems.  Most recently, only 2.2 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database have received this recognition.

"UCLA Health System's vision for 'one patient, one record' is integral to our progress and success so far. Our position to embrace opportunities in the coming years is fortified by building information around the patient experience. I'm grateful for the strong leadership of our clinical, operational and technology teams, enabling us to realize the achievement of Stage 7 designation," said Dr. David T. Feinberg, president, UCLA Health System, CEO, UCLA Hospital System, associate vice chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences.

HIMSS Analytics developed the Electronics Medical Records Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS AnalyticsTM Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital's implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced 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.

"UCLA Health System impressed the survey team with how thorough a job they did of preparing for our visit. Even though their EHR system has only been live for nine months, they have made great strides in using the data from their systems to improve patient care. We were also impressed with the culture that UCLA Health System CIO Virginia McFerran has built; they have a great team and a solid infrastructure from which to grow," said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics.

UCLA Health System has for more than half a century provided innovative health care and the latest in medical technology to the people of Los Angeles and the world. Comprising Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center; the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA; UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital; and the UCLA Medical Group, UCLA Health, with its wide-reaching system of primary care and specialty care offices throughout the region, is among the most comprehensive and advanced health care systems in the world. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For information about clinical programs or help in choosing a personal physician, call 800-UCLA-MD1 or visit www.uclahealth.org.

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