Medford, MA - HIMSS Analytics announced
Hallmark Health has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM

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.
Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can
review the implementation and utilization of information technology
applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced
electronic patient record environment.

"This is a
tremendous accomplishment for Hallmark Health," said Carol Dresser, Vice President
of Information Services at Hallmark Health. "We are proud that we continue to
maximize our investment in clinical applications that supports the delivery of
safe, high quality patient care."

Stage 6 hospitals

· 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 their IT
applications across most of the inpatient care settings.

· Are either
starting to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have
already documented significant improvements in this area.

· Have made
investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognize the strategic
value of improving patient care with the EHR.

· Have begun to create strategic
alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information
technology to improve the patient safety environment

· 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.

Stage 6
hospitals also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities
that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry
transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting

"HIMSS Analytics congratulates Hallmark Healthfor 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 921 U.S. hospitals have reached to date."

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