Health Informatics experts unite for Global Health

The global advocacy for Health Informatics got stronger with partnerships from Philippine companies such as HealthInformatics, Inc. (Hii) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) AsiaPac.

Hii is an official partner of the HIMSS, an international organization offering industry-standard metrics and analysis for hospitals and health organizations in their usage of health IT systems.

HIMSS, as a leader in the health industry, envisions better health outcomes through optimizing health engagements with the use of information technology. With this, HIMSS provides an accreditation process for health IT professionals towards a title of Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS).

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization, producing health IT through leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the globe. Since its foundation in 1961, its network encompassing over 52,000 individuals is continuously increasing, of which more than two-thirds are healthcare providers, including government and not-for-profit organizations all around the globe. HIMSS headquarters is located in Chicago, with established offices in other parts of the US, Europe and in Asia Pacific.

Hii, in its partnership with HIMSS, promotes the use of an international standard for assessment of a hospital’s health IT maturity level. The Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) provides a template for gap analysis as well as a strategic implementation process for hospitals to realize the full value of Health IT implementations. The EMRAM assesses standard components of a hospital information system and ranks the maturity level of the health IT implementation based on 8 stages (not 7?). (Because there’s Stage 0)

APEMRAM_model

Achieving higher levels of EMRAM maturity correlates with the hospital’s preparedness from stage 0 to 7 in achieving a paperless environment while improving quality of care using health IT. Healthcare organizations who have achieved Stage 7 demonstrate superior implementation and utilization of health IT systems. This achievement serves as a benchmark for other organizations through true sharing, exchange of information, and immediate delivery of data with the overall goal of improving process performance, quality and safe patient care.