In 2005, HIMSS Analytics developed the electronic medical record adoption model (EMRAM) to measure the degree to which hospitals have improved their electronic medical record systems and facilitated progress toward paperless workflows.
EMRAM measures the use of information technology applications according to eight stages, from 0 to 7, in which Stage 7 is the highest rating and indicates that a hospital has achieved excellence in electronic patient record keeping.
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Ten years later, out of the more than 5,400 hospitals in the United States that the HIMSS database examines, only 3.7 percent of them had reached Stage 7 during the second quarter of 2015, and print volumes have not declined at the predicted levels.
This surprising statistic illustrates the complex and constantly evolving challenges within healthcare. Healthcare professionals need to focus their attention on delivering excellent patient care in the most efficient and effective manner, but these common challenges can make that goal harder to achieve.