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Technology in healthcare is evolving at a rapid rate. HIMSS (Health Information and Management Systems Society) uses data analytics to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems and reports the information annually in the U.S. Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model. Data from the 2015 model for the 3rd quarter of 2014 lists that 3.4% of U.S. hospitals have successfully reached level 7 for achieving a complete electronic medical records system. Next in line, 16.5 % of hospitals and hospital systems reached Stage 6, and 29.5% have reached Stage 5. (HIMSS, 2015)
A 2013 Electronic Health Records survey published by Health Affairs indicates that office-based physicians are at a level of 78% for adopting an electronic health record system. (Hsiao C-J, 2014)
Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are deeply involved in the healthcare technology transition using their data analytic skills to produce and use the valuable data mined for patient care, organizational planning, development and other uses. HIM professionals are well informed when it comes to healthcare data management, health care delivery systems, health statistics, biomedical research, health services organization and delivery, information technology and systems, and organizational resources. It is imperative HIM professionals be present at the table to express significant HIM practices that must be taken into account when computer program decisions are developed or software is purchased. HIM professionals have a key role in today’s computerized healthcare environment thanks to their unique combination of health information management and technology training provided at The College of Health Care Professions.
HIMSS. (2015). U.S. Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. Retrieved from:http://www.himssanalytics.org/stagesGraph.asp
Hsiao C-J, Hing E. (2014). Use and characteristics of electronic health record systems among office-based physician practices: United States, 2001–2013. NCHS data brief, no 143. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. .