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the key and this is the expertise that HIMSS provides,” said Mr. H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President/CEO. Mr. Steven Yeo, General Manager,

HIMSS Analytics Asia said that HIMSS Analytics Asia is currently collect- ing data in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand and will expand its efforts into other countries in the region over time. “The results of the first HIMSS Analytics Annual Study in Asia will be unveiled at the HIMSS Asia- Pac’11 Conference and Leadership Summit in Melbourne in September 2011. Regional, country and coun- try comparison studies will be made available with the data gathered throughout the region,” Mr. Yeo said. There are a total of 8 stages

(0-7) on the EMRAM with the goal of reaching Stage 7, operating in a fully paperless environment where the healthcare organization can support

the true sharing and use of health and wellness informa- tion by consumers and providers alike. In the United States, only 3.5% out of 5,275 hospitals

tracked by HIMSS Analytics have achieved Stage 6 recogni- tion for implementation of the electronic medical record. The only hospital in Asia that has achieved the Stage 7 designation is Seoul National University Bundang Hospi- tal.

To be eligible for the Stage 7 Award, hospitals must first

participate in the HIMSS Analytics Annual Study and pass an on-site validation visit from the HIMSS Analytics team. The team collects detailed healthcare IT data and compiles a report that tracks the implementation and adoption of EMR applications through each stage of the EMR Adoption Model. In Singapore, four public hospitals won the Stage 6

award. The IT networks of the four award-winning Singa- pore hospitals are managed by Integrated Health Informa- tion Systems (IHiS), which oversees IT across all the public healthcare institutions in Singapore. The launch of HIMSS Analytics Asia is sponsored by

leading consultant firms Deloitte & Touche and Pricewa- terhouseCoopers (PwC). A spokesperson for Deloitte & Touche said they recog-

nized the value of HIMSS Analytics Asia’s deep indus- try experience and advanced analytics capability which maximizes the data by making it available to the decision makers. “With the growth in EMR adoption across Asia, we



see great potential in tapping healthcare data for useful insights. We feel that HIMSS Analytics Asia’s offering and Deloitte’s thought leadership in the lifesciences health- care industry will provide immense value to the indus- try in general and the governments and public at large,” said Ghanshyam Ahuja, Senior Manager & Industry Lead for LifeSciences & Healthcare, South East Asia, Deloitte & Touche. "PwC is pleased to support the launch of the HIMSS

Analytics Service in the region which will enable healthcare providers to benchmark their clinical IT capability against some of the world's leading healthcare organizations. We look forward to strong future collaboration with HIMSS to advance healthcare IT innovation for the joint benefit of patients and clients in Asia and Australia," said Mr Klaus Boehncke, eHealth Leader for PwC Australia and Asia.

For media enquiries and interviews, please contact:

Yvonne Lim Manager, Marketing & Communications HIMSS Analytics Asia Tel: +65 6838 0941 Email:

Micaiah Tan Senior Account Executive Ogilvy Health Mobile: +65 8123 3928 Email:


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