Most Wired: TMC Applauds Banner Health in Reaching Final Stage of Electronic Medical Record Adoption

Tucson Medical Center applauds the recent announcement by Banner Health Hospitals that 17 of its hospitals have received recognition for reaching the pinnacle of electronic medical records sophistication.

In June 2011, Tucson Medical Center became the first hospital in Arizona to achieve Stage 7 – the highest designation awarded from HIMSS Analytics and an indication that a hospital truly operates in a paperless environment.

At the end of the first quarter of 2012, only 1.2 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals had reached Stage 7, as tracked by HIMSS, a nonprofit devoted to advancing the optimal use of information technology for the betterment of health care.

 “It’s becoming increasingly clear that these advancements in technology enable hospitals to operate smarter, more efficient systems, so it’s in everyone’s interest to continue to strive for this designation,” said Frank Marini, TMC’s chief information officer. “Since we are all consumers of health care, we are encouraged that care providers are leveraging technology to improve the delivery of health care.”

TMC this month also was designated one of America’s “Most Wired” hospitals.

Marini said TMC has already had great success with its system.

Aside from savings in transcription and film costs, for example, there have been many other advantages. Physicians can order medication and tests in a more timely manner, while eliminating issues of duplication and poor handwriting. Physicians can show patients and their family members images from recent scans on bedside computers to help them better understand a given condition. The system likely helped ward off some medication errors, as well, by signaling in 12,500 cases that the medication attempting to be delivered didn’t 100 percent match the order given.

“As thrilled as we’ve been with these results, it’s clear that getting to Stage 7 or being noted as one of America’s “Most Wired” hospitals isn’t the end of the journey,” Marini said. “While we’ve cleared an important milestone, it’s a process that is going to evolve and we fully expect to make greater inroads as we continue on this path.”

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