WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Novant Health is the first health system worldwide to be revalidated for the prestigious Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Stage 7 Ambulatory Award for its adoption and use of an electronic health record (EHR). All Novant Health medical group clinics – approximately 440 locations – were revalidated as part of the award.
"We are honored to be the first organization to receive this prestigious recognition from HIMSS Analytics," said Dr. Keith Griffin, chief medical information officer for Novant Health medical group. "At Novant Health, we are committed to making health care more convenient and easier to access. This award speaks to our continued partnership with our physician clinics in using technology to provide remarkable patient care across our organization's footprint. We join our clinic teams in celebrating this significant accomplishment."
In July 2013, the organization finalized the implementation of the EHR in all physician clinics across the Novant Health system. The implementation was completed three years early and under budget. Novant Health initially received the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Ambulatory Award in October 2013.
As a Stage 7 organization, Novant Health uses a variety of EHR features and tools to elevate the quality of care provided to patients and increase affordability. Some of these features include advanced decision support, which allows providers to identify patients who are in need of or who are overdue for care; integrated medical devices that automatically send test results into a patient's medical record; the ability to share medical records across health systems and MyChart, a secure online health management tool that connects patients to their personalized health record – from anywhere, at any time.
"Through the successful implementation, adoption and optimization of our electronic health record, we are delivering on our promise to provide world-class technology that supports high-quality, affordable and convenient care for our patients," Griffin added.
"Revalidation of the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 EMRAM is a testament to the focus Novant Health has on the remarkable patient experience," said Dave Garrett, chief information officer for Novant Health. "This revalidation ensures we are using best practices and shows we are committed to our patients, our providers and our team members."
About Novant Health
Novant Health is a four-state integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient centers and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to our communities. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,200 physicians and 25,000 team members who make healthcare remarkable at nearly 500 locations, including 13 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Novant Health is committed to making healthcare remarkable for patients and communities, serving more than 4 million patients annually. In 2014, Novant Health provided more than $639 million in community benefit, including charity care and services. Novant Health is ranked as one of the nation's top 20 integrated delivery networks by IMS Health.
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