UW Hospital and Clinics Achieves Highest Rank for Information Technology
MADISON – University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is one of just three hospital systems nationwide to reach the highest level of achievement in the implementation of electronic health records.
The hospital reached "Stage 7," the highest designation recognized by HIMSS Analytics, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Stage 7 hospitals:
- Deliver care without the use of paper charts
- Can share patient information securely with other providers of care
- Use their vast database of clinical information to improve patient safety and outcomes.
UW Hospital and Clinics reached stage 6 last year. This month, it reached stage 7 and was the first academic medical center in the nation to achieve that level.
"We have invested in electronic health records because it helps us improve patient safety and the quality of care we deliver," said hospital President and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky.
"For individual patients, our transition to fully electronic records means their caregivers have fast access to critical information," Katen-Bahensky added. "For our system as a whole, it means we have easy access to system wide information that will help us raise the bar on clinical quality even further."
UW Hospital and Clinics, with 493 staffed beds, is a regional referral center and a major component of the UW Health system. It is nationally renowned for its programs in organ transplant, heart and vascular care, cancer treatment, neurology and neurosurgery, pediatrics and orthopedics.
"Our IT teams are thrilled at this achievement, because it validates an enormous effort to work with our colleagues in patient care," said Mike Sauk, vice president and chief information officer. "Making this transition happen successfully has been a large effort – one that will pay dividends for years to come."
The validation process includes a site visit by an HIMSS executive plus two independent chief information officer.
Date Published: 01/27/2010