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HIMSS Analytics Honors Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences’ Outpatient Services with Stage 6 Recognition

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WHITBY, Ontario (May 10, 2018) - HIMSS Analytics announced Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) has achieved Stage 6 on the Outpatient EMR Adoption ModelSM (OEMRAM).

HIMSS Analytics developed the Outpatient EMR Adoption Model in 2012 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities in the HIMSS Analytics® LOGIC™.  Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory sites 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.

Stage 6 ambulatory facilities:

  • 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 outpatient 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 clinics 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 patient engagement and population health.
  • 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 organizations also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations.

Ontario Shores implemented its EMR in all outpatient settings in 2012, creating a paperless environment throughout these ambulatory services.  Since that time, the hospital has worked tirelessly to standardize and optimize the utilization of its EMR across the organization.

Most recently Ontario Shores integrated provincial Quality Standards in mental health into their ambulatory settings.  Through the implementation of clinical decision supports within the EMR, the hospital has been able to drive further adoption of the Standards across these clinical areas.

Through this work, Ontario Shores has identified areas for quality improvement and enhanced patient engagement through initiatives such as their patient portal, entitled HealthCheck which allows patients to view their own health record; cancel and view appointments; access discharge instructions and educational materials; and view/request renewals for current medications in a safe, private and confidential way.

“Having a fully integrated Electronic Medical Record solution in both our inpatient and outpatient settings enables enhanced patient monitoring and provides our clinicians with real-time access to critical health information necessary to provide safe and quality care for our patients throughout their continuum of care,” says Karim Mamdani, President and CEO, Ontario Shores.  “Being able to track our progress means we can review the implementation and utilization of our information technology applications and identify opportunities to further advance quality outcomes for our patients.”

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Ontario Shores for making significant progress towards achieving advanced health IT adoption,” said John H. Daniels, CNM, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, Global Vice President, HIMSS Analytics.  “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that can lead to innovative healthcare transformation.”

About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences:
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a range of specialized assessments and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare advisor, providing guidance and market intelligence solutions that move the industry forward with insight to enable better health through the use of IT.  As a trusted healthcare research and advisory firm, the industry depends on HIMSS Analytics’ resources, benchmarks, predictive models and assessment tools to improve decision making regarding their IT strategic roadmap and market strategy. HIMSS Analytics is uniquely positioned and differentiated through its industry focused offerings which include its Healthcare IT market intelligence tool, Healthcare IT insights and Healthcare IT benchmarks and services.  The LOGIC market intelligence tool has the largest technology data set with unmatched breadth and depth needed for guiding healthcare IT strategies.  HIMSS Analytics research and advisory consultants uncover unique insights on how to optimally use IT to tackle today’s healthcare challenges faced by both healthcare delivery organizations and IT companies.  Its EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) provides a strategic roadmap and guidance along an 8-stage model with comparisons to healthcare organizations in the same country and around the world.

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