HIMSS and HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is a nonprofit non-governmental organization established in the United States with a history dating back to 1961. Its vision is to improve patient safety and health care quality by providing better use of technology and information. For this purpose, they make measurements with different evaluation models and provide the institutions with the ability to compare themselves to national and international institutions. According to the protocol signed between the Ministry of Health and HIMSS Europe, it is planned that the evaluation process of all hospitals affiliated to the Ministry of Health will be completed by the end of 2018 according to EMRAM.

How many rating standards does HIMSS have?

EMRAM (Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model): EMRAM assesses the institutions offering inpatient services within the scope of electronic order, closed loop product administration process and clinical decision support systems. EMRAM criteria have changed from January 1, 2018.

CCMM (Continuity of Care Maturity Model): It is a model aimed at measuring communication and information exchange abilities between different institutions and actors in the health care delivery process.

AMAM (Adoption Model for Analytics Maturity): Analytical Maturity Adoption Model is the model that measure institutions’ technological capabilities and analytical capabilities

O-EMRAM (Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model): It is a model that evaluates the institutions that provide outpatient health services.

DIAM (Digital Imaging Adoption Model): This model assesses information technology usage capacities within the imaging services of the institutions.

What does HIMSS do?

  1. Establishes standards that measure the level of use of electronic and analytical systems in health care delivery.
  2. Measures the level of health service providers according to HIMSS standards and share these results with the whole health sector.
  3. Organize regional and global health information conventions and summits. It brings the stakeholders of the sector together.

How does the HIMSS Analytical Measurement work?

It determines the level of use of information and technology through surveys filled by health care institutions. If the specified level is one of the higher levels (Stage 6 and 7 for EMRAM), this measurement is confirmed with on-site visits.