Contact: Kate Darden, BHS Vice President, Marketing
205-715-5196/Kate.Darden@bhsala.com

Julie B. Wall, Markstein
205-824-7634/Julie@markstein.co

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – March 3, 2015 - Baptist Health System (BHS) today announced that its Shelby (Alabaster), Walker (Jasper), Citizens (Talladega) and Princeton (Birmingham) Baptist Medical Centers have been officially recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for achieving Stage 6 on the electronic medical record (EMR) Adoption Model, a level that only 21 percent of the hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics have reached.

HIMSS Analytics, an organization dedicated to collecting, analyzing and delivering high-quality health care data and providing analytical expertise, developed the EMR Adoption Model. This model is an eight-stage ranking system that reflects the success of a hospital’s adoption of health information technology as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of EMR systems for hospitals. 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.

BHS is one of only two health systems in Central Alabama that has achieved this recognition and occupies four of the 1,040 hospitals in the U.S. that received Stage 6 recognition. Only 11 other hospitals in Alabama have earned HIMSS’s Stage 6 recognition.

In April 2013, BHS implemented a new EMR system, EPIC, which helps provide better coordinated care for patients, reduces medication errors and increases patient safety. EPIC provides patients faster access to their health information and enhances collaboration among providers.

“A coordinated health information system is critical to help our health care professionals make the best decisions possible for our patients,” said Keith Parrott, CEO of Baptist Health System. “When we invested in the EPIC system in 2013, we were committed to building an innovative infrastructure that would help us provide better health for more people across our footprint. I appreciate the dedication of our clinical and information technology teams to make the new system a reality and for achieving this significant recognition from HIMSS.”

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.

Chris Davis, M.D., C.I.O. and C.M.I.O. at Baptist Health System, led the implementation of the EPIC system. He has been a leader in medical informatics at Baptist Health System since 2012 and his significant strides in electronic medical record integration strategies have been integral in the path to the HIMSS recognition.

“Achieving Stage 6 recognition from HIMSS is a tremendous achievement. It recognizes the commitment of the entire team at Baptist Health System to implement and use a health information system that will help us provide better coordinated care for our patients,” said Dr. Davis. “The system truly encourages us to collaborate in a manner that increases efficiency and enhances the patient experience.”

To be considered for Stage 6 recognition, hospitals must have accomplished the following:

  • 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.
About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation and one of the largest health systems in Alabama, owns four hospital campuses, including Princeton (in Birmingham), Shelby (in Alabaster), Walker (in Jasper) and Citizens (in Talladega) as well as the largest network of employed primary- and specialty-care physicians providing coordinated care across central Alabama. The system includes graduate medical education programs and active clinical research in multiple specialties. Baptist Health System is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality, innovative health care and empowering its communities to achieve their best health. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. For more information please visit BaptistHealthAlabama.org.

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. For more information please visit www.himssanalytics.org/.

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