Loyola Medicine Achieves Electronic Medical Record Milestone

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Loyola Medicine Achieves Electronic Medical Record Milestone

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MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine has reached an advanced stage in the implementation of outpatient electronic medical records, according to HIMSS Analytics.

HIMSS Analytics, a respected healthcare advisor in information technology, divides the implementation and use of electronic medical records (EMRs) into eight stages, from 0 to 7. Loyola Medicine, which includes Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and a large ambulatory network located in three counties throughout Chicagoland, has reached Stage 6 in HIMSS Analytics’ EMR adoption ModelSM.

“Loyola was an early adopter of electronic health record technology and we have invested a great deal in optimizing its use across the ambulatory environment,” said Joshua Lee, MD, Loyola’s vice president and chief health information officer.

Loyola was among the earliest health systems to adopt EMRs, which have been shown to improve quality of care. EMRs enable health systems to, for example, identify patients who are due for preventive visits and screenings and monitor how well patients are keeping up with vaccinations, blood pressure readings, etc.

“We continually seek ways to improve our electronic medical records for the benefit of our patients, who are at the center of everything we do. Along the way we are also enhancing the experience of our valued colleagues who deliver excellent care every day,” said Jessica Cronin, RN, regional chief information officer.

HIMSS said health systems such as Loyola that have reached Stage 6 in the EMR Adoption Model:

  • Have made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage
  • Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment 
  • Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented IT applications across most of the outpatient care settings 
  • Are either starting to evaluate data for care delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area 
  • Have made investments that are within reach of most clinics and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR 
  • Have begun to create strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve patient engagement and population health
  • Are well positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians, consumers and employers, to support electronic health record environments and health information exchanges 

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Loyola Medicine for making significant progress towards achieving advanced health IT adoption,” said John Daniels, global vice president of HIMSS Analytics.  “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that can lead to innovative healthcare transformation.” 

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.