HIMSS Analytics reveals new continuity of care maturity model

This story first appeared in the July 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.
The Health Information Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) analytics division unveiled a new maturity model for healthcare organisations in February that goes beyond the highest level of its EMR adoption model. For Australian healthcare organisations, the new continuity of care maturity model provides a way to benchmark progress and capabilities in interconnectedness and continuity of care against other organisations on a global scale.

The HIMSS Analytics electronic medical record adoption model (EMRAM) has been hugely influential in guiding organisations around the world in their implementation of electronic health records, but EMRAM was never designed to address the sort of national, regional or community-based technology issues that governments and healthcare organisations are grappling with as they share electronic health records.

So when the new HIMSS Analytics continuity of care maturity model (CCMM) was unveiled at the HIMSS14 Conference and Exhibition in the US in February, a number of healthcare organisations and technology providers, InterSystems amongst them, voiced their support. With seven stages that build on EMRAM, CCMM is a global model for healthcare providers that focuses on information exchange, care coordination, interoperability, patient engagement and analytics, with the ultimate goal of holistic individual and population health management.

In a presentation at HIMSS14, the executive vice president of HIMSS Analytics, John Hoyt, detailed the seven stages and associated criteria of the new model and how it can drive transformation in individual and regional health systems globally. “This is the direction the market is headed and we are happy to provide a tool healthcare delivery organisations and governments can use to gauge their progress towards a more efficient care delivery approach,” Mr Hoyt said.

Seven stages of enlightenment

To many in the healthcare industry, the highest level of the new continuity of care maturity model, Stage 7: ‘Knowledge-driven engagement for a dynamic, multi-vendor and multi-organisational interconnected healthcare delivery model’, may seem like nirvana, a seemingly unattainable level of enlightenment.

To read the full story, click here for the July 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

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