The appearance of physicians and nurses at a patient’s bedside with a tablet computer instead of a file folder is a fairly unusual sight, even in 2020. One reason for this is that the degree of digitalization within a given hospital has to be extremely high in every department before staff can discontinue the use of paper data. But that is what has been accomplished at the AGAPLESION DIAKONIEKLINIKUM ROTENBURG, one of the few hospitals in Germany to achieve stage 6 on the EMRAM (electronic medical records adoption model) scale developed by HIMSS. One system that has played a key part in that success is JiveX.
When assessing an institution’s EMRAM score, HIMSS focuses on the degree of IT penetration, which can be assumed to reflect the degree of digitalization. A key factor here is that IT systems digitize not only data, but processes as well. For an institution to achieve an EMRAM score of 6 out of 8, it must have digitized its processes to the extent that staff can go paperless by working with a complete digital file. And consolidating medical data is what makes a digital file possible: the smaller the number of systems that have to communicate with the hospital information system (HIS), the greater the prospects that a file will be complete.
AGAPLESION DIAKONIEKLINIKUM ROTENBURG, an academic teaching hospital within the Universität Hamburg Faculty of Medicine, is the largest faith-based hospital in the German state of Lower Saxony. As a maximum-care provider treating some 185,000 patients a year, it offers virtually the full spectrum of modern hospital care. The hospital is a center for numerous types of care, with certifications as an interregional trauma center, breast cancer center and vascular center. AGAPLESION also includes training centers, a rehabilitation center and various service operations, and employs nearly 2,500 people.