A hospital in north London has achieved the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 6 rating.

Re-opened in September 2018, Chase Farm Hospital has gone through a massive refurbishment to make it a digital hospital, including a go live of an updated electronic patient record (EPR).

The HIMSS EMRAM rating system is seen as an international benchmark for the use of advanced IT to improve patient care, with Stage 7 being the highest possible rating.

According to HIMSS criteria, stage 6 means that the trust has established clear goals for improving safety, minimising errors, and recognising the importance of healthcare IT.

Chase Farm is part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (RFL), which is one of 16 trusts chosen by NHS England to pioneer new technology as part of its Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme. The trust provided £10m and received a further £10m from NHS England to fund new technology at the RFL.

Dr Chris Streather, RFL group chief medical officer, said: “We are delighted that Chase Farm is one of the few NHS hospitals to have achieved a stage 6 rating – especially as we have been validated against the tougher criteria that have recently been introduced.

“This is testament to the incredible vision and dedication of our staff who have embraced a new way of working, enabling us to deliver outstanding care to our patients.

“This digital approach is what the future of healthcare looks like and means a better experience for our patients and our staff. Now our aim is to further advance our use of technology so CFH can become a stage 7 hospital.”

Since the new hospital opened, Chase Farm has been pioneering new technology so staff can deliver better, safer and more efficient care to patients.

From self-check in kiosks to clinical staff using mobile devices to access patient information at the touch of a button, the new hospital and its staff are leading the way in revolutionising patient care.

The hospital has also introduced new technologies including the Ascom mobile handset nurse call system, which enables patients to call a nurse without disturbing other patients.

Digital Health News was invited for a tour of the new hospital in April 2019 – where we were able to speak to the team who have overseen the huge project.