From the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Oct 8, 2019, 11:49am EDT
Lakeland Regional Health is the first Florida hospital to hit an innovation milestone, and the fifth in the world to do so.
The hospital received a “Stage 6″ on the HIMSS Analytics’ adoption model for analytics maturity, which measures the analytics and innovation used to improve patient care, according to a statement. There are eight levels on the adoption model: five other hospitals have achieved stage 7, with five more — including Lakeland Regional Health — designated as a Stage 6. Lakeland Regional Health is the first hospital in Florida to receive the international honor.
Lakeland joins Stanford Children’s Health, UCLA Health, Canadian-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Saudi Arabia-based King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre and Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. “At Lakeland Regional Health, we constantly look for ways to leverage the data and health information from our innovative technology platforms to deliver the best patient outcomes,” said Caroline Gay, Lakeland Regional Health chief analytics officer in a statement. “Our analytics and clinical teams collaborate well to ensure that patient care is our top priority.” The hospital has taken several efforts over the years to amp up innovation, including a majority of emergency department patients being treated and released within three hours, cutting down on surgical site infections, data mining electronic health records and using predictive analytics to help patients who may need further attention.
The hospital was also named as one of 2019’s “Most Wired” hospital and health systems by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Lakeland Regional Health was certified as a level eight out of 10 being the top certification level. While Lakeland Regional Health is the first in the state to achieve the HIMSS Analytics’ adoption model for analytics maturity (AMAM), there are over 200 Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model Stage 6 certified hospitals in Florida.