HIMSS-Stage-6-image-webFort HealthCare’s clinics join the best in EMR adoption.

Health Information Management and System Society (HIMSS), a non-profit organization focused on better health through technology, has recognized Fort HealthCare’s ambulatory clinics for the work they have done to improve the digital infrastructure in their clinics.

HIMSS Analytics ranked Fort HealthCare’s 15 ambulatory clinics as Stage 6 on its Ambulatory Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model. Only 6.9% of all U.S. ambulatory care clinics have received this distinction.

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Fort HealthCare for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics.  “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 2,364 U.S. ambulatory sites have reached to date.”

Fort HealthCare began its journey toward a fully integrated EMR in 2010 when it entered into a close partnership with a healthcare information technology leader, Cerner Corporation. One of the goals of the partnership was to create a medical record system that gives clinicians critical medical data whenever and wherever they need it most. The EMR helps physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and lab technicians communicate with one another and make the best possible care decisions for patients.

In Wisconsin, 148 ambulatory clinics have reached HIMSS Analytics Ambulatory Stage 6 honors, including the 15 facilities associated with Fort HealthCare. To learn more about Stage 6 ambulatory facilities, visit himssanalytics.org/emram/stage6Ambulatory.

About Fort HealthCare

Fort HealthCare has a history of being a healthcare IT leader. In September 2012, Fort HealthCare also achieved the highest ranking — Stage 7 — on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model. Today, this represents only 3.4% of U.S. hospitals.

Fort HealthCare provides quality healthcare to the residents of an eight-community area and has the only hospital in Jefferson County. The hospital is a modern, fully accredited, acute care facility with 72 beds. In addition to comprehensive inpatient services, Fort HealthCare offers ambulatory surgery and specialty clinics, a birthing center, cardiac rehabilitation, emergency services, including the Urgent Care Program for after-hours treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, occupational medicine and more.

Fort Medical Group is a multi-specialty group practice with satellite clinics offering primary and specialty care in Fort Atkinson, Cambridge, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, and Whitewater. Primary and specialty care physicians from UW Health, Dean Medical Center and other organizations also trust Fort Memorial Hospital to deliver the highest quality medical care to their patients.

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About HIMSS Analytics HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high-quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.

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