Rochester Regional Health First to Achieve Highest Level of Healthcare IT Designation

December 8, 2017


Veronica R. Chiesi Brown
Office: 585-922-4573
Cell: 585-305-4204
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Rochester, N.Y. - Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics has recognized Rochester Regional Health hospitals with HIMSS Stage 7 validation. Achieved by only approximately six percent of hospitals nationwide, HIMSS 7 validation is the industry’s highest standard for electronic medical record adoption and implementation. The journey to HIMSS 7 achievement is a multi-year, eight stage process that requires collaboration and coordination of team members at every level of the health system.

Rochester Regional Health’s HIMSS 7 achievement requires a steadfast commitment to transforming the delivery of healthcare across the continuum enabling caregivers to provide a safer, more seamless care experience to residents throughout the region.

Rochester Regional’s Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, are the only hospitals in the Upstate New York that have achieved HIMSS 7 and comprise one third of all hospitals in New York State to have achieved Stage 7 designation. Outside of Manhattan, Rochester Regional comprises four of the five hospitals that have achieved this distinction. This designation demonstrates Rochester Regional Health’s leadership in innovation and investment in technology that enables caregivers to work seamlessly across the system to deliver better, safer care to patients across the region.

“Achieving HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 designation is a tremendous achievement for Rochester Regional Health. It is the result of continuous collaboration and commitment across all levels of our healthcare organization to deploy and utilize an integrated, comprehensive paperless electronic medical record system,” said John Glynn, chief information officer and executive vice president of Rochester Regional Health. “Our transformation away from the reliance on paper has allowed us to significantly reduce potential medical errors and ultimately provide safer, more efficient, cost effective and higher quality of care for our patients.”

Philip Bradley, regional director of North America for HIMSS Analytics states, “Rochester Regional Health has accomplished an excellent deployment of a comprehensive acute care EMR. The case studies of quality and efficiency improvements are among the best we have ever seen.  We congratulate Rochester Regional Health in achieving Stage 7 status for acute care EMR adoption.”

HIMSS Stage 7 validation is based on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). Stage 7 signifies the transition from paper charts to only using electronic medical records. 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.

HIMSS Analytics will recognize Rochester Regional Health at the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, held from March 5-9, 2018, at the Venetian-Palazzo-Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the healthcare provider maturity models and Stage 7 award.

HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare technology market intelligence, research and standards organization assisting clientele in both healthcare delivery and healthcare technology solutions business development to make lasting improvements in efficiency and performance.


Rochester Regional Health is a community-focused quaternary and tertiary integrated health delivery system serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes and beyond. The system includes five hospitals; primary and specialty practices, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory campuses and immediate care facilities; innovative senior services, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of behavioral health services; and Rochester Regional Health Laboratories an ACM Global Laboratories, a global leader in patient and clinical trials. Rochester Regional Health is the region’s second largest employer. Learn more at

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