You may not have heard of the South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH), but Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has. HIMSS is a non-profit organization that evaluates healthcare facilities’ health information technology and ranks them in stages. The lowest is zero with all paper records and barely any use of health information technology and the highest is complete paperless records and a highly integrated health information technology systems throughout all the departments that are connected seamlessly and work efficiently, and they are connected to an EHR throughout the region.
The Stage 6 SOGH in Oliver, BC is the first of its kind and it is a pilot project to understand the effects of electronic healthcare system on health providers, practitioners and health professionals. The results has been so impressive that the interior health have decided to use some of the lesson learned to use in other acute healthcare facilities. In the ElectronicHealthcare section of the Longwoods Journal, Powers has studied the BC e-health developments and explains that SOGH has been on the forefront of electronic healthcare technology in BC and Canada. This article is very detailed and it studies every healthcare authority separately.
TEGH (Toronto East General Hospital) implemented safety measures, such as closed loop medication administration system. They also included a “real-time clinical guidance for clinicians“. The HIMSS analytics has expressed its congratulatory wishes to TEGH. However, after this adoption, TEGH needs to publish medical papers regarding its ability to improve medical quality and patient safety. Even though, this is an impressive achievement, but it requires a lot of testing to actually show improvement in healthcare. TEGH has partnered with Cerner systems and the following video is from Cerner system describing this achievement:
HIMSS’s reference Stage 6