Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital Honored by HIMSS Analytics with Stage 6 Recognition

Los Angeles Hospital Achieves Stage 6 on its First Attempt on
Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model

Only 26 percent of U.S. Hospitals Have Reached Stage 6

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HIMSS Analytics announced Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in
Los Angeles (MLKCH), Calif. has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption
ModelSM (EMRAM). Martin
Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
, which opened in July 2015, is a
private, non-profit, safety-net hospital serving the residents of South
Los Angeles.

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. Tracking
their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can review
the implementation and utilization of health information technology
applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents the
adoption and effective use of an advanced electronic patient record

Long before it treated its first patient in May of this year, the
Hospital invested much time and consideration to the design and
implementation of its state-of-the-art infrastructure, applications and
health information technologies. In recent weeks the Hospital started to
share data and coordinate its care with adjacent health facilities, with
eventual plans to connect with local FQHCs (Federally Qualified Health
Clinics), independent physician groups and other community providers.

Stage 6 hospitals have achieved a significant advancement in their IT
capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the
current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for
performance, and government quality reporting programs.

“We are delighted to receive this recognition from HIMSS Analytics,”
said Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, CEO of MLKCH. “The Hospital was built on
delivering the highest quality of care and attracting the best and most
committed clinicians for South Los Angeles. We expect that this
achievement will only advance our clinical team’s success that will lead
to improved outcomes and efficiencies.”

Stage 6 is the highest level possible for MLKCH, as the Hospital opened
this July. HIMSS Analytics requires 4-6 months of data to become
eligible for Stage 7. Hospital officials plan to apply for Stage 7 in

”We went from Stage 0 to Stage 6 on our first attempt thanks to the hard
work and dedication of our Health Information Technology Team,” said
Sajid Ahmed, CIIO of MLKCH. “We hope we can continue to provide quality
data and informatics to support our clinical staff.”

Only 26 percent of U.S. Hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics have
achieved Stage 6, say HIMSS officials.

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” said John Hoyt,
FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Stage 6
represents a level of sophistication that only 1,411 U.S. hospitals have
reached to date (October 2015).”


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is a private, non-profit,
safety-net hospital, administered by the Martin Luther King, Jr. – Los
Angeles Healthcare Corporation (MLK-LA), a 501(c)(3) organization. The
131-bed community hospital has a 21-bed emergency department, 20 ICU
beds, and 18 labor, delivery, and postpartum beds. The Hospital’s goals
are to provide compassionate, innovative and quality care, and
collaborating with providers and our community to create a healthier
South Los Angeles. The Hospital serves 1.35 million residents of South
Los Angeles regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

About HIMSS Analytics

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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
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