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Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Becomes First Hospital to Achieve HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7 in United Arab Emirates

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (20 October, 2016) – HIMSS Analytics is proud to announce that Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has achieved Stage 7 of the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAMSM).

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications.

Reaching Stage 7 is a result of focus, good direction and a steadfast commitment from organizational leadership. Stage 7 institutions, by reaching the pinnacle of the EMRAM, show leadership in how an organization turns the vision of paperless healthcare into a reality.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi set out with the vision to support the delivery of world-class healthcare by establishing integrated hospital IT operations. They referenced US-based Cleveland Clinic’s best practices for clinical content and clinical outcomes, and developed an electronic medical record system that is highly integrated with ancillary clinical systems to enable:

  • Capability to share data with external registries to track international quality and patient safety measures
  • Tracking of core patient safety measures such as AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarction), Heart failure and VTE (Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis)
  • Seamless Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) across multiple systems
  • Real-time connectivity with US-based Cleveland Clinic for 24/7 monitoring of conditions such as epilepsy and sleep disorders

The first hospital in the United Arab Emirates to achieve Stage 7 Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi also becomes just the second in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to reach this EMRAM Stage.

Regarding the achievement, Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic, chief executive officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said: “We are honored to be the first hospital in the UAE to achieve HIMSS Stage 7 designation. In doing so, we are helping to raise the standard for innovative care in Abu Dhabi and the Gulf region. Achieving HIMSS Stage 7 not only allows us to use the latest IT solutions to enhance the patient experience today, but also establish a data-driven culture that allows us to continuously improve and better serve our patients and the community in the years to come.”

Eng. Abdulaziz Al Romaih, Executive Director, Information Services Department and Informatics added, “One of our main goals is to implement an integrated Health IT environment that assists the organization in delivering safe, effective and efficient healthcare services. Following the recommendations and benchmarking against HIMSS EMRAM is significantly helping us in pursuing this objective.”

Gareth Sherlock, chief information officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said: “Achieving HIMSS Stage 7 was an important target that we set for ourselves, and we are proud to accomplish this milestone. Our guiding philosophy at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is ‘Patients First,’ which our completely paperless medical record system supports by giving our Caregivers tools to track safety and quality measures, and providing our patients with a more seamless experience focused on positive outcomes.”

“Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi stands up to its name in terms of using information technology to provide world class healthcare. During their validation visit, they clearly demonstrated how they are using health IT to drive quality improvements, operations and staffing efficiencies, and community-focused care processes,” said John Daniels, CNM, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, global vice president, healthcare advisory services group, HIMSS Analytics.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will be recognized at the UAE eHealth Week 2016 (Abu Dhabi leg) on 2 November. For more information about HIMSS Analytics Middle East, click here.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare IT market intelligence, research and standards organisation assisting clientele in both healthcare delivery and healthcare technology solutions business development to make lasting improvements in efficiency and performance.

HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned subsidiary of HIMSS headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, U.S., is the healthcare research and advisory firm for healthcare delivery organisations, IT companies, governmental entities, and financial, pharmaceutical, consulting and emerging technology solution partners.

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