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Essays May 2011

Letter of response to Lydia Lee from John P. Hoyt

John P. Hoyt

HIMSS Analytics
230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60611-3270

 

Lydia Lee
President, COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association
VP & CIO UHN & SIMS Partnership
Toronto, ON

May 30, 2010

Lydia,
Patrick Powers PhD has kept me appraised of the communications pertaining to the HIMSS Analytics and the EMRAM that has taken place recently in Canada. As you know, we developed the EMR Adoption Model as an acute care model that reflects how hospitals progress in their adoption of clinical information technology for the acute care environment. The industry needs a maturity model that heath system CIOs can use as an aid in their strategic planning so that they can have benchmarking progress as they automate their clinical environment to improve care quality and efficiency.

We look forward to working closely with representatives of COACH to continue the dialog and understanding of the EMRAM and the appropriate application of an acute care hospital IT adoption maturity model. We understand that appropriate communication and understanding of its applicability is totally necessary for the EMRAM’s success in the Canadian environment as well as the European, Middle East and the Asian markets where the acute care EMRAM is in use.

We suggest that we have regularly scheduled communication meetings with COACH representatives pertaining to the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM. Our partnership with the Ontario Hospital Association is very valuable to this success and we anticipate such dialogue would include our partners. We want to work closely with COACH to cement the EMRAM’s success and value while dealing effectively with key differences in the Canadian health care delivery environment.

As you know, Patrick Powers is key to our relationship with the Canadian healthcare delivery market. We look forward to including Patrick in all such meetings and communications.

Since the EMRAM model is registered to HIMSS, we will be rigorous in ensuring its understanding and appropriate application. We look forward to working with COACH and our Canadian partners in ensuring the continued value of this acute care tool for the Canadian environment. It would be very helpful of us all if COACH could ensure that the spirit of this letter is understood and communicated to the involved parties. And I look forward to meeting you in person some day. I apologize that I was not able to attend COACH this year, as the meeting exactly coincides with the HIMSS Middle East Conference. As Patrick has explained, we had a HIMSS Analytics Vice President scheduled to speak attend and speak and he sadly had a fatal heart attack in Mid April.

Thank you for your continued support of our mutual interests.

Sincerely,
John P. Hoyt FACHE, FHIMSS
Executive Vice President
HIMSS Analytics

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