More than 150 hospitals in Turkey reached Stage 6 of the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model in 2017, HIMSS Analytics announced recently, bringing the country’s total to 166.
The 154 hospitals recognised last year include 153 public hospitals and one private healthcare facility, the Medipol Mega Hospitals Complex.
The developments are part of the Turkish Ministry of Health’s 2013-2017 strategic plans to increase the quality and effectiveness of service delivery through information and technology and ‘create and disseminate the digital hospital concept in facilities belonging to ministry and ministry-affiliated institutions’.
The Turkish Ministry of Health aims to have all public hospitals assessed against the EMRAM standards by 2019 after signing a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with HIMSS to support the implementation of digital technologies.
As part of the initiative, HIMSS entered into an agreement with Medipol University in Istanbul to prepare hospitals prior to their EMRAM assessments.
In 2017, Tire Public Hospital in Izmir City was also validated at Stage 7 of the standards, becoming the fourth European hospital to reach the highest level in the HIMSS rankings.
“The main factors behind this quick improvement can be counted as the motivation given by the MoH through public hospitals, and transferring the academic support and health informatics skills to the site by the Medipol University,” Director of the Technology Transfer Office at the Medipol University in Istanbul Ilker Kose said.
“Both are the characteristics of Turkey which can be taken as a tested model for other countries having similar targets.”
Turkish hospitals that have achieved EMRAM Stage 6 will receive their awards for demonstrating outstanding levels of digitisation and improvements in patient safety at HIMSS Eurasia’18 in Istanbul in October.
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