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North York General Hospital reaches HIMSS Stage 6

Canadian Healthcare Technology
Thursday, April 21, 2011

North York General Hospital (NYGH) has become one of only three large hospitals in Canada to receive a Stage 6 designation from HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, North York General and South Okanagan have all achieved Stage 6 status, which means a significant portion of hospital records are electronic. As of yet, no Canadian hospital is meeting the highest standard of Stage 7, where all records are electronic. In the United States, 55 hospitals have such a designation, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Research shows that thousands of preventable errors are made in Canadian hospitals each year, putting patients’ safety at risk. A significant proportion of these can be attributed to medication errors made using traditional manual systems.

In October of last year, NYGH launched eCare Phase 2; its strategy to improve the quality and safety of patient care by replacing manual systems, vulnerable to errors, with computerized provider order entry (CPOE) and closed loop barcode medication administration systems.

The Stage 6 designation means the hospital’s electronic medical record system is able to provide intelligent, evidence-based reminders to physicians as they enter electronic orders for patients.

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