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For Immediate Release:
March 10, 2015
Media Contact:
Jennifer Piedra


Less than 20 percent of hospitals nationwide have received this designation

Miami, FL – HIMSS Analytics, a subsidiary of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, announced that Jackson Health System has achieved Stage 6 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). This catapults Jackson into the domain of just 18 percent of hospitals nationwide that have achieved this designation –indicating significant commitments, investments and advantage over competitors.

“At its heart, this award represents our commitment to providing world-class care for every patient who walks through our doors,” said Michael A. Garcia, vice president and chief information officer at Jackson Health System. “These technological advancements, such as clinical decision support, medication bar-coding and computerized provider order entries, are improving quality and safety across the entire Jackson Health System. We have seen an increase in patient and physician satisfaction, while at the same time seeing a decrease in categories such as transcription errors and unnecessary testing. These improvements allow us to be more accurate, accountable, cost-effective and efficient.”

The progress and impact of Jackson’s electronic medical record system was tracked and evaluated through the EMRAM methodology, developed by HIMSS Analytics in 2005. By using the HIMSS Analytics™ Database, hospitals can track their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), and review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

As of January 2015, there were only 998 out of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics that had reached Stage 6 on its EMRAM.

Stage 6 hospitals

  • Have made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage.
  • Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.
  • Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT applications across most of the inpatient care settings.
  • Are either starting to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area.
  • Have made investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR.
  • Have begun to create strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment
  • Are well positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians, consumers, and employers, to support electronic health record environments and health information exchanges.

Stage 6 hospitals also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Jackson Health System for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics. “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 998 US hospitals have reached to date.”

Jackson Health System
Jackson Health System, an integrated healthcare delivery system, consists of its centerpiece, Jackson Memorial Hospital; multiple primary care and specialty care centers; a variety of school-based clinics; two long-term care nursing facilities; a network of mental health facilities, six Corrections Health Services clinics; Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital, Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, Jackson North Medical Center and Jackson South Community Hospital. Governed by the Public Health Trust, a dedicated team of citizen volunteers acting on behalf of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, Jackson Health System is dedicated to building the health of the community by providing a single, high standard of quality care for the residents of Miami-Dade County.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit for more information.

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