Cleveland Clinic London awarded HIMSS EMRAM stage 6 accreditation


Cleveland Clinic London becomes the UK’s first private hospital to achieve coveted accreditation for use of IT and management systems

Cleveland Clinic London has been awarded HIMSS EMRAM stage 6 accreditation, becoming the first private hospital in the UK to receive this recognition. In total, only eight UK hospitals in both the public and private sectors are rated at stage 6 or above.

The Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) is awarded by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a global non-profit member-based organisation that seeks to improve the use of IT and management systems in the healthcare sector. The EMRAM accreditation uses an eight-stage framework to assess the digital maturity and sophistication of an organisation’s electronic medical record (EMR) systems.

To be validated against the EMRAM stage 6 standards, the hospital must demonstrate a significant level of digitalisation and integration of EMR into operations, leading to improved patient care, efficiency, data utilisation and other tangible benefits.

Cleveland Clinic London’s review noted that leaders are visible and impactful; that the hospital’s culture has a strong commitment to improving quality of care and patient safety; and that caregivers take ownership and are proud of all that has been achieved. HIMSS also praised the hospital for how its forward-thinking pharmacy department utilises innovative technology, including a unit-dose pharmacy robot that individually wraps and tracks medication by barcode to the patient’s bedside.

Cleveland Clinic London “has embarked on a remarkable journey towards a near-paperless, patient-centric healthcare environment in 18 months since the hospital opened,” said John Rayner, a digital health strategist at HIMSS. “They are the first hospital in the UK to achieve unit-dose dispensing and administration of pharmaceuticals. Their visionary leadership, cutting-edge technology, and unwavering commitment to excellence are shaping the future of healthcare.”