WellSpan Health was honored with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) Stage 7 validation for its continuous efforts to improve patient outcomes via technological advancements. Stage 7 is the highest ranking an organization can receive.
Less than 15% of hospitals worldwide are recognized at this level. WellSpan first received the validation in 2016 and must revalidate every three years. This year, facilities in Chambersburg and Waynesboro were added to the validation.
WellSpan was recognized as Stage 7 in both the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) and the Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (O-EMRAM) categories at the 2023 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition last week, in Chicago.
HIMSS, the world's leading non-profit advocacy and accrediting organization in the healthcare IT industry, conducted a comprehensive review of WellSpan technology advancements in information governance and compliance, IT security tools and controls, and identity access and management. Rankings are evaluated based on healthcare technology adoption within the organization on a scale from zero to seven, with zero being completely paper-based and seven being a fully electronic implementation across all health records and associated tools within the organization.
"Receiving this Stage 7 designation from HIMSS is validation of our commitment to digital technology, which benefits our patients. We are honored to be recognized for our dedication to implementing technology solutions that provide better outcomes for patients and improve the overall quality of the care we provide," said R. Hal Baker, senior vice president and chief digital and chief information officer, WellSpan Health. "As technology continues to advance, WellSpan will continue to transform healthcare by using technology to solve problems.”