Samsung Medical Center has achieved milestones in digital transformation as it has been validated for the highest stages of both the HIMSS Digital Imaging Adoption Model and the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.
It is the first healthcare provider in the world to reach Stage 7 in the DIAM.
DIAM assesses an organisation’s capabilities in the delivery of medical imaging while EMRAM measures the adoption and maturity of their EMR.
WHY IT MATTERS
During its DIAM Stage 7 validation, HIMSS acknowledged SMC as a “world leader” in digital pathology. “This is the most comprehensive use of integrated digital pathology we have seen,” said Andrew Pearce, HIMSS VP Analytics and Global Advisory Lead.
The organisation noted the “terrific” use of structured reporting in multiple different specialties and SMC’s “unique” approach to CDS for radiology examinations. The hospital was also praised for its use of AI in determining patients who need urgent medical care during the height of the pandemic and its implementation of a text analyser to ensure regular colonoscopies.
HIMSS expects SMC to continuously scale its imaging analytics project “to a larger sample size with robust measurement of outcomes using the technology and comparisons to prior cases where it was not applied.”
Meanwhile, during its validation for Stage 7 EMRAM, HIMSS was impressed with the many innovations of SMC on top of some examples it already saw in the hospital’s Stage 6 accreditation. These innovations include the use of chemotherapy dispensing robots to ensure accuracy and safety in dispensing mixed chemotherapy preparations and the use of supply robots around the clock to maintain stocks around the hospital.
SMC was also praised for its use of AI, such as the advanced rule engine MEWS and another one for pressure ulcer monitoring and management, which made “excellent” use of its extensive database to impact clinical practice.
It was further commended for its “ground-breaking” use of predictive modelling through its Data-based Operation and Communication Center to optimise the allocation of medical resources and personnel.
“All these and other use cases are cementing SMC’s status as an advanced smart hospital and a worldwide leader in the use of technology to improve care delivery and outcomes,” Pearce shared.
According to HIMSS, where SMC can improve its EMR system from this point forward includes proactively seeking patient feedback and participation to take its patient engagement strategy “to the next level”; applying user-centric design principles to enhance user experience; and introducing a secure messaging system for in-patients.
THE LARGER TREND
Following these validations, SMC has become a triple Stage 7 HIMSS Digital Maturity Model certified hospital, adding to its Stage 7 HIMSS Infrastructure Adoption Model accreditation last year. It immediately worked on achieving these accreditations some months after clearing both Stage 6 EMRAM and DIAM.
SMC also recently underwent an assessment for the HIMSS Digital Health Indicator where it topped all global health systems in 2022 with a score of 365/400.