HIMSS Analytics has recognized two University of Texas Southwestern University Medical Center hospitals with Stage 7 awards. Zale Lipshy University Hospital and St. Paul University Hospital in Dallas, Tex, received the organization’s highest designation for technology implementation and utilization. In addition, six of the university’s associated ambulatory clinics in Dallas and Fort Worth, Tex, received Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

HIMSS Analytics established the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 to evaluate the progress of hospitals implementing an electronic health record system. Stage 7, the highest of the eight stages, is awarded only following a site visit by a HIMSS Analytics representative and former or current chief information officers to ensure unbiased evaluation.

The Stage 7 Ambulatory Award was developed in 2011 and evaluates physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers, and specialty clinics according to the same criteria. The ambulatory clinics recognized included the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center; UT Southwestern Professional Office Buildings 1 & 2; Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center; UT Southwestern Clinical Center – Richardson/Plano; UT Southwestern Clinical Center – Park Cities; and Moncrief Clinical Institute, an affiliate of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

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