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St. Luke’s honored for electronic medical records use

HIMSS Analytics has honored St. Luke’s University Health Network with its Stage 7 designation, the highest recognition for electronic medical record adoption.

St. Luke’s is the first network in Lehigh Valley to earn the designation at all of its hospitals, including the St. Luke’s Warren Campus, which is the first hospital in New Jersey to achieve Stage 7.

HIMSS Analytics, a subsidiary of the Health Information Management Systems Society, is a health care research and advisory firm for health care organizations and governments worldwide.

Following a rigorous review process, HIMSS Analytics grades hospitals on their application of electronic medical records. The Stage 7 designation recognizes St. Luke’s extensive and creative use of electronic medical records to establish better service and higher quality care at lower costs. Less than 5 percent of U.S. hospitals have reached Stage 7, which is the highest stage on HIMSS Analytics’ scale.

With this HIMSS Analytics designation, St. Luke’s University Health Network represents approximately half of the dozen hospitals in Pennsylvania to achieve Stage 7. St. Luke’s also is the only network in the Lehigh Valley to win the Truven 100 Top Major Teaching Hospitals award three times running and five times total.

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