HIMSS Analytics, Chicago, has named Fort HealthCare, Atkinson, Wis, a Stage 7 award recipient. The Stage 7 award represents attainment of the highest level on the electronic medical records (EMR) adoption, 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. Eight stages measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment.

In 2010, Fort HealthCare began planning for an organization-wide implementation of a comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) system. Its main goal was to create a medical record system that would provide critical medical data anywhere, anytime. More than 50 individual EMR components constitute the system.