PMH Receives National Recognition for Advances in Information Technology to Improve Patient Safety


Pioneers frontBRAWLEY, CA – – Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics announced Pioneers Memorial Hospital (PMH) has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model.

As of October 2014, 900 of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). Stage 6 Hospitals appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.

PMH recognizes the value of improving patient care with the Electronic Medical Record and works closely with the medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment.

“PMH is very excited to achieve this level of recognition.  This accomplishment was driven by our organization’s desire to deliver optimum patient care as we continue to focus on patient safety.  It represents our commitment to improving health outcomes and prepares us to facilitate the sharing of health information between providers and our patients,” said Kathy McKernan, Head of Information Systems at Pioneers.

She added, “This success is just part of our long term strategic plan to deliver high quality patient care efficiently”.  As a Stage 6 hospital, PMH is 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 developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District 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 900 US hospitals have reached to date.”