Children’s Hospital Ljubljana achieves HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 6

Ljubljana Children’s Hospital and PICU, operating within the University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia, has been successfully validated at Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics international standards.

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA - (HealthTech Wire / News) - Ljubljana Children’s Hospital and PICU, operating within the University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia, has been successfully validated at Stage 6 of the  HIMSS Analytics international standards. The hospital joins 45 other European hospitals who are also owners of the prestigious Stage 6 award. With 208 beds (incl. ICU and Surgery), the hospital and its vendor have worked hard over the past eight years to now become virtually paperless in terms of clinical documentation.

The Slovenian hospital is the first one in the world to have achieved EMRAM Stage 6 by using a clinical system based on an open platform. The Electronic Medical Record system deployed at the hospital is called Think!ClinicalTM and Think!MedsTM and has been developed by Marand, a Slovenian software solution provider. The system provides a full range of clinical functions, including electronic orders, clinical documentation, ICU management, closed loop medicines management and clinical decision support. The solution is running on Marand’s award winning, vendor-neutral, open health data platform named Think!EHR Platform™.

Former Medical Director of Ljubljana Children’s Hospital, Professor Rajko Kenda said: “Physicians and nurses can spend more time with patients because we switched from a time-consuming, paper-based process for prescribing, medication administration and Pharmacist review to electronic medication management. We improved safety, minimised errors and increased transparency of medical treatment. Additionally, communication within medical teams has improved as they all have instant access to relevant medical information when caring for their their patients.”

Think!Clinical™ product manager Anže Droljc added: “Marand has been working with clinicians, nurses and clinical pharmacists from Slovenia and the NHS in England to develop Think!Clinical™. The EMRAM Stage 6 validation confirms that such openEHR based solutions have matured and can meet even the highest levels of requirements while at the same time providing benefits of open platforms such as no vendor lock-in. He added: "Although Stage 6 validation already requires high digital maturity of healthcare systems, we believe that by utilising our products, and roll-out methodology, the Ljubljana Children’s Hospital and PICU can advance to Stage 7 within a year.”

Jörg Studzinski, Director of Research and Advisory Services at HIMSS Analytics, who validated the hospital against the EMRAM Stage 6 standards on-site, had the impression that “this collaboration between hospital staff and their software vendor has worked extremely well. The hospital has received a comprehensive software solution with a high level of functionality, designed in a way that meets the needs of the clinicians. Due to use of open standards, the hospital also has the ability to integrate, migrate or share medical data in a most flexible and yet secure manner. Not only with established or large organisations, but also with niche-solution providers or start-up companies.”

Ljubljana Children’s hospital will receive the award at an upcoming pan-European HIMSS event, such as eHealth Tallinn (Estonia, 16-18 October 2017) or the HIMSS Europe Annual Conference (Sitges, Spain, 27-29.May 2018).

The EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) is an eight stage system that measures digital maturity in a hospital, with 0 being the lowest and Stage 7 the highest level. Achieving EMRAM Stage 6 demonstrates that the hospital is well on the way to achieving a fully paperless patient record environment and using Information Technology in a smart way to improve care quality, safety and efficiency. There are only three hospitals in Europe (in the Netherlands, Spain and Turkey) with a current and valid Stage 7 certification.

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About University Children’s Hospital Ljubljana

With about 200 beds the Children’s Hospital Ljubljana is the largest paediatric hospital in Slovenia and an approved member of the European Reference Network (ERN) for rare diseases. It is part of the University Medical Centre Ljubljana (UMCL), which employs more than 8.000 staff and is one of the largest hospital centres in Central Europe.

About Marand

Marand’s vision for healthcare IT is coined as "Integrate. Open. Innovate." Think!EHR Platform™ is well aligned with this vision as it uses IHE-based standards to integrate existing devices, systems and data. By storing data in an open, vendor-neutral format it enables ecosystems of vendors to innovate. This approach is fuelling next generation solutions known as the Postmodern EHR.

HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics® is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based, global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare pro-vider, governmental and not-for-profit organisations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and a network of over one million Health IT key influencers that drive innovation throughout the world.

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