HIMSS Analytics Honors Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health with the HIMSS Stage 7 Award; Associated Practices with the Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards

Stage 7 Awards honor facilities operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR.

For Release: November 4, 2015

CHICAGO, IL — HIMSS Analytics has awarded Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health in Palo Alto, Calif., with a Stage 7 Acute Care Award, and all 167 of their network practices with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards. This is the only children’s hospital enterprise in Northern California to receive these prestigious awards.

Stage 7 Acute Care Award: 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. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers and chief medical information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

Stage 7 Ambulatory Award: Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory facilities can review the implementation and use of IT applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

During the second quarter of 2015, only 3.7 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Award, and only 7.4 percent of the more than 34,000 ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

“Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health have definitely earned their recognition as an HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 organization for both acute care and ambulatory care,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president HIMSS Analytics. “As a leader in serving the greater San Francisco and Northern California region, they have uniquely utilized the deployment of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide EHR to lead clinical transformation and begin the development of a continuity of care record. This leading enterprise has also begun to mine their wealth of data for not only direct patient and population health improvement, but also to continue their high level of excellence in providing peer-reviewed, published research for the worldwide children’s health community.”

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health represent the largest Bay Area health care enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Together with Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, the network can be accessed through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 60 locations in Northern California, and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. 

“Our enterprise is honored to have achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 7,” said Ed Kopetsky, chief information officer for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health. “This recognition confirms that we are leveraging our clinical information technology to improve patient care across the full continuum of care.” The hospital is a regional and national referral center that cares for the highest-acuity pediatric cases in the nation, and is a teaching hospital for the Stanford University School of Medicine. “This award is a testament to quality and innovation by a very dedicated team of research, teaching and care delivery colleagues throughout our academic medical center, hospital and network. Together, we are leading the way to improve access and quality of care for all children and expectant mothers.”

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health will be recognized at the 2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 29-March 4, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics web site for more information on the Stage 7 award and Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.


HIMSS media contact:

Kelly Wagner
Senior Associate, Corporate Communications
(312) 915-9502

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health contact:

Robert Dicks
(650) 497-8364

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About Stanford Medicine Children's Health

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its center, is the Bay Area’s largest health care system exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Our network of care includes more than 65 locations across Northern California and more than 85 locations in the U.S. Western region. Along with Stanford Health Care and the Stanford School of Medicine, we are part of Stanford Medicine, an ecosystem harnessing the potential of biomedicine through collaborative research, education, and clinical care to improve health outcomes around the world. We are a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the community through meaningful outreach programs and services and providing necessary medical care to families, regardless of their ability to pay. Discover more at stanfordchildrens.org.