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KDMC electronic medical record recognized as one of the nation's most advanced

King's Daughters Medical Center was recently recognized as having one of the most advanced electronic medical record systems in the country. The Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a non-profit organization that promotes better understanding of electronic data in healthcare, rates the 5,200-plus U.S. hospitals based on their use of electronic medical records.

HIMSS uses their Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model to track progress at hospitals and health systems. The model scores hospitals nationwide on their progress in completing the stages of creating a paperless patient record environment. King's Daughters rated a level 6 — the next-to-highest level — based on our use of comprehensive electronic medical records, which began in 2008. Only 200 hospitals nationwide are rated at this level or higher, placing King's Daughters in the top three percent of hospitals for leadership in electronic medical records.

Some of the achievements a medical center must meet to rate a level 6 include:

  • Major ancillary clinical systems are installed, such as pharmacy, laboratory and radiology, and share their information electronically with a clinical data repository that provides physician access for reviewing results.
  • The medical center can share clinical data securely among several patient care providers.
  • Nursing, clinical documentation and medication administration, are charted electronically.
  • Computerized practitioner order entry (CPOE) is available, allowing physicians and other providers to enter patient orders electronically.
  • Electronic patient safety measures are integrated into the delivery of medication.
  • Full physician documentation and charting (structured templates) are implemented for at least one patient care service area.
  • A full complement of Radiology images (X-rays, CTs, MRIs and others) are available to physicians via a secure connection, and replaces all film-based images. 

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