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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Recognized for Advanced Use Of Electronic Medical Record

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has joined an elite group of only 22 hospitals in the United States — and is only the second pediatric facility — to be recognized by the leading health care technology industry organization for its advanced use of a comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR).

HIMSS Analytics, a branch of the Health Information and Management Systems Society, certified Children’s Hospital as a Stage 6 hospital for its adoption of the computerized charting, record-keeping, order entry and documentation system known as Children’s eRecord. Stage 7 is the highest level of EMR certification issued by HIMSS Analytics.

Children’s Hospital has been a national leader in the introduction and adoption of the electronic health record since 2002, when it became the first pediatric hospital in the country to fully implement a Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) system, which greatly reduces the risk of medication and other errors and improves patient care.

Children’s eRecord has been implemented in all inpatient areas, including the Emergency Department and intensive care units, and is in the final stages of implementation in outpatient clinics and perioperative services.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious certification from this highly regarded organization,” said Christopher A. Gessner, Children’s president. “It recognizes our ongoing commitment to using a virtually paperless process and system to ensure the highest level of patient safety and service. We are rethinking health care, and we use technology to facilitate improvements in the way we work.”

By using a hospitalwide network of desktop, wall-mounted, wireless handheld and cart-mounted computer devices and large-screen monitors, Children’s Hospital has used the electronic medical record system to increase standardization, integration of care, timeliness and efficiency, Gessner said.

David E. Garets, president and CEO of HIMSS Analytics, calls Children’s Hospital’s recognition a “rare achievement,” which he confirmed can be linked to the quality of patient care.

“In the studies we’ve done comparing health care organizations’ quality metrics and their EMR Adoption Model scores, we’ve found significant correlations,” Garets said. “If I were trying to decide which hospital to take my child to, the fact that Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has made the investment in clinical information tools such as computerized physician order entry, clinical decision support, barcoding of medications, and clinician documentation would be critical factors in my decision.”

HIMSS Analytics collects data from more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals as well as hospitals in Canada to provide an accurate and a current review of EMR implementations. 


Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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October 10, 2008
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October 10, 2008