Mercy Hospital St. Louis, an 859-bed facility serving St. Louis County, has earned certification as one of the world’s most technologically advanced hospitals by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Certification at “HIMSS Stage 7” puts Mercy Hospital St. Louis in the top 6 percent of hospitals around the globe related to its use of IT and electronic health records (EHR) capabilities.
Read more about some of Mercy’s EHR advancements here.
HIMSS scores hospitals using hundreds of criteria. Stage 7, the highest stage, is an industry-recognized barometer signifying an organization’s highly effective use of technology in delivering care.
It’s no accident that Mercy Hospital St. Louis has earned this distinction.
Well ahead of government incentives, Mercy made the strategic decision in 2004 to install Epic EHR software, making it one of the first in the nation to implement a fully integrated electronic patient record system. Since then, the 44-hospital system, with the help of its award-winning IT division Mercy Technology Services, has been optimizing Epic, advancing data analytics and expanding virtual care services – and now extends these services to hospitals beyond Mercy.
“Mercy’s pathways program is an excellent example of putting technology investments to work in health care,” said Philip Bradley, regional director North America of HIMSS Analytics Healthcare Advisory Services Group. “Plugging evidenced-based treatment directly into the EHR has helped Mercy cut costs and reduce rates of mortality – by 50 percent in some cases. Those are real dollars saved and real lives walking out the door.”
For Mercy Hospital St. Louis, this achievement comes on the heels of being rated a CMS 5-star hospital and its recent Leapfrog Top Hospital award – a quality distinction that is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.
“Mercy knew early on how important technology is to achieving quality; it’s why we’re so honored to now be recognized at the top in both areas,” said Steve Mackin, Mercy Hospital St. Louis president. “It’s really a testament to our visionary leaders and the leaders before them – the Sisters of Mercy – who had courage to take risks, the tenacity to endure and faith in us to deliver new ways of caring for patients.”
While many hospitals across Mercy are HIMSS Stage 6, leaders today are taking the same persistent approach to achieving Stage 7 at each Mercy facility over the next 12 to 18 months.