As of August 2016, 5,781 ambulatory sites tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (O-EMRAM)

Santa Barbara, Calif. - HIMSS Analytics announced Sansum Clinic has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM).

HIMSS Analytics developed the Outpatient EMR Adoption Model in 2012 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities in the HIMSS Analytics® LOGIC™. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory sites can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

Stage 6 ambulatory facilities:
Have made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage.

Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.

Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT applications across most of the outpatient care settings.

Are either starting to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area.

Have made investments that are within reach of most clinics and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR.

Have begun to create strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve patient engagement and population health

Are well positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians, consumers, and employers, to support electronic health record environments and health information exchanges.

Stage 6 organizations also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

At Sansum Clinic, our focus has been on building an Electronic Health Record system with the tools necessary to help our doctors and staff take care of our patients. Over the past six years, we have worked to continuously improve our EHR.  

“When we submitted our work to HIMSS Analytics for ‘Staging’ we were proud to learn that our providers and executives have intuitively guided us towards Stage 7, without ever knowing it,” said Sean Johnson, Electronic Health Record Director at Sansum Clinic. “We are thrilled to be at Stage 6 and are now aggressively pursuing Stage 7.”

HIMSS Analytics congratulates Sansum Clinic for making significant progress towards achieving advanced health IT adoption,” said John H. Daniels, CNM, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, Global Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that can lead to innovative healthcare transformation.”

About Sansum Clinic
Founded in 1921, Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 180 affiliated physicians, Sansum Clinic provides the full spectrum of healthcare services, from primary care to more than 30 specialties. Sansum Clinic has been designated an Elite Member for Standards in Excellence by the California Association of Physician Groups and serves more than 129,000 patients (800,000 visits) annually at 22 patient care facilities between Carpinteria and Santa Maria. Sansum Clinic can be found online at

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare advisor, providing guidance and market intelligence solutions that move the industry forward with insight to enable better health through the use of IT.  As a trusted healthcare research and advisory firm, the industry depends on HIMSS Analytics’ resources, benchmarks, predictive models and assessment tools to improve decision making regarding their IT strategic roadmap and market strategy. HIMSS Analytics is uniquely positioned and differentiated through its industry focused offerings which include its Healthcare IT market intelligence tool, Healthcare IT insights and Healthcare IT benchmarks and services.  The LOGIC market intelligence tool has the largest technology data set with unmatched breadth and depth needed for guiding healthcare IT strategies.  HIMSS Analytics research and advisory consultants uncover unique insights on how to optimally use IT to tackle today’s healthcare challenges faced by both healthcare delivery organizations and IT companies.  Its EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) provides a strategic roadmap and guidance along an 8-stage model with comparisons to healthcare organizations in the same country and around the world.

HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned subsidiary of HIMSS, is the healthcare research and advisory firm for healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, and financial, pharmaceutical, consulting and emerging technology solution partners worldwide. Learn more at


Jill Fonte/Sansum Clinic
August 9, 2016

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