Photo: At Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, the Andon Boards give nurses quick real-time views of patient's medication, investigation orders and results. They improve nurses' situational awareness of patient's key needs, and enable timely and coordinated care.
Singapore's Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) are two healthcare centres that have been recognised for achieving the HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 benchmark.
The HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) is a global standard that measures the use of technology to transform healthcare to improve patient safety, care quality and efficiency. HIMSS EMRAM is an eight-stage (0 to 7) process that allows hospitals to analyse their level of electronic medical record (EMR) adoption, and track their progress against other healthcare organisations, to reach Stage 7 for full roll-out of advanced paperless electronic patient record environment.
HIMSS developed the methodology in 2005 to evaluate the progress and impact of EMR systems for hospitals.
KTPH, NHCS and IHiS will receive the HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 achievement plaque at the HIMSS Asia Pacific Digital Healthcare Week at Marina Bay Sands on 15 September 2014.
The achievement ranks KTPH, NHCS and IHiS, which is Singapore Health Ministry's IT arm, among healthcare institutions with the most advanced clinical technologies worldwide. IHiS manages IT systems at all public healthcare institutions.
The recognition also gives Singapore the distinction of being the first country in the Asia Pacific region to have six public hospitals and two national specialty centres to attain the HIMSS Stage 6 benchmark.
Jeremy Bonfini, vice president, HIMSS International said: "At Q2 2014, only 3.1 per cent of hospitals in Asia Pacific tracked by HIMSS have Stage 6 or 7 capabilities. Across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East, just 12.9 per cent of over 8274 hospitals have achieved these benchmarks."
Said IHiS chief executive officer, Dr. Chong Yoke Sin: "IHiS' earlier experience in helping five hospitals attain HIMSS Stage 6 has enabled us to support KTPH and NHCS accelerate achievement of the global benchmark for better patient safety and care."
The other HIMSS Stage 6 healthcare institutions are Changi General Hospital, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, National University Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore National Skin Centre.
Benefits for medical staff and patients
KTPH has enhanced the benefits of its Electronic Medical Records system by creating integrated dashboards to give its nurses quick real time views of patients' medication, investigation orders and results.
Called Andon Boards, the innovative dashboards are mounted on the walls in the wards, and are modelled after Japanese carmaker Toyota's system. They improve nurses' situational awareness of patients' critical needs and enhance work processes across departments and teams to enable timely and coordinated care.
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