News | December 20, 2011

HIMSS Analytics Honors Florida Hospital Flagler With Stage 7 Award

The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EMR

HIMSS Analytics announced that Florida Hospital Flagler, an Adventist Health System facility, has received its Stage 7 Award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model? (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital's implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

The hospital will be recognized at the 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 21-24, 2012, in Las Vegas. As of December 2011, Florida Hospital Flagler, located in Palm Coast, Fla., is the first hospital in the state of Florida and one of only 66 facilities, or 1.1 percent, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database, to be awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award.

"Adventist Health System, through Florida Hospital Flagler, is leading the way in electronic medical records adoption thanks to our skilled physicians and staff," said David Ottati, Florida Hospital Flagler CEO. "Locally, it takes a significant amount of time and manpower to ensure we are using the systems appropriately, something that would have been even more challenging without the support and leadership from Adventist Health System. Becoming the first in Florida to accomplish this high level of technological integration and advancement demonstrates Florida Hospital Flagler's dedication to offering the highest quality and safest care to our patients."

Florida Hospital Flagler has led the way in Florida in implementing an entirely paperless system of medical records. Advantages to this level of technological advancement include the ability to share patient information with other health care providers via a secure standardized summary record and using a vast database of clinical information to improve care, patient safety and outcomes.

"Adventist Health System has established one of the best examples of a health information exchange (HIE) our review team has seen. The system's 43 hospitals in 10 states are part of this HIE that interfaces its ambulatory care sites with the hospitals," said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. "Adventist Health System is a data-driven organization, and Florida Hospital Flagler is using technology to improve patient care at all levels."

Visit the HIMSS Analytics Web site for more information on the Stage 7 award. Find out more about HIMSS12.

About Florida Hospital Flagler
Florida Hospital Flagler is a non-profit organization with a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. The hospital is a member of Adventist Health System, which currently operates 43 hospital campuses in ten states.

Florida Hospital Flagler has 99-licensed beds with the capacity of further expansion and employs over 900 caregivers. Florida Hospital Flagler continues to add and expand its services with the community and is now comprised of the hospital's main campus, Town Center Surgery, a freestanding outpatient center, Home Health, Hospice, a multispecialty physician group as well as an Urgent Care facility at Town Center. For more information, visit

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms. For more information, visit