Pardee Hospital, as Part of UNC Health Care, Achieves Highest Rank Possible in Three Health IT Categories
Pardee Hospital, as a part of the UNC Health Care System, has achieved Stage 7 designation – the highest rank possible – for hospitals, outpatient practices, and advanced analytics from HIMSS Analytics, a global healthcare research advisory firm. The Stage 7 honors confirms Pardee’s – and UNC Health Care’s – place as national leaders in health IT and analytics.
UNC Health Care is the only health system in the U.S. to achieve Stage 7 status on all three HIMSS Analytics domains (inpatient, outpatient, analytics) and also honored as ‘Most Wired Advanced’ by the American Hospital Association (AHA).
“Achieving Stage 7 recognition further reinforces the success our teams have reached in building an information technology infrastructure that enhances the ability of our providers, care teams, and staff to care for our patients,” said Tracy Parham, RN, UNC Health Care’s Chief Information Officer.
“This designation reaffirms Pardee’s and UNC Health Care’s dedication to safe, high-quality patient care,” said James M. Kirby, II, president and CEO of Pardee. “We are proud to be part of UNC Health Care and together will continue to advance our technology to better serve our patients.”
The Stage 7 designations for UNC Health Care include its hospitals and associated clinics at Pardee Hospital, Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, Chatham Hospital in Siler City, High Point Regional, UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, and UNC REX in Raleigh.
At each of these hospitals, the awards recognize the utilization of a complete electronic medical record infrastructure, including external Health Information Exchanges, advanced data/analytics, and comprehensive plans and support in place for information technology governance, disaster recovery, privacy, and security.
“Starting in 2012 and 2013, our focus centered on establishing system-wide information systems and building baseline capabilities,” said Dr. Bill Roper, Dean of the UNC School of Medicine and CEO of the UNC Health Care System. “Now, just five years later, we are recognized as national leaders in health IT by multiple organizations. I am incredibly proud of the work of Tracy and her team in our Information Services Division.”
Parham stressed that the awards are part of the larger goal of continually improving UNC Health Care’s technology platforms and analytics offerings.
“Most importantly, these rankings represent real and meaningful benefits for our patients in terms of quality, safety, and overall care,” Parham said. “We take great pride in knowing that this award recognizes our efforts to achieve UNC Health Care’s vision of becoming the nation’s leading public academic health system.”