HIMSS Plans To Launch Tool To Measure EHR Adoption Levels in U.K.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has announced plans to introduce its HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model, or EMRAM, to hospitals in the United Kingdom, Healthcare IT News reports (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 5/2).


EMRAM is an eight-stage model -- ranging from stages 0 to 7 -- used to classify an institution's level of health IT adoption.

To receive a Stage 7 EMRAM ranking, a hospital must have a nearly paperless environment, as well as a range of data exchange and interoperability capabilities (Byers, CMIO, 5/2).

About the Project

HIMSS Analytics Europe will work with U.K. IT trade group BCS to test the feasibility of using EMRAM in the U.K. and assist with any necessary modifications to the model.

The organizations also are working to establish a steering committee to ensure that the project runs smoothly.

Matthew Swindells, chair of BCS Health, said the EMRAM model will help U.K. hospitals measure their progress in implementing health IT and compare their progress with other hospitals in the U.K.'s National Health Service, as well as the global community (Healthcare IT News, 5/2).

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