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HIMSS Recognizes MetroHealth for Advanced Electronic Health Record Use


Once again, The MetroHealth System has been recognized by the widely influential Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for being one of the nation’s most advanced users of an electronic health record platform and other technologies to advance patient care.

For the third time, MetroHealth been revalidated at Stage 7 – the highest possible level – on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). Only 1% of all health systems worldwide have achieved this revalidation three times. 

EMRAM is an assessment designed to measure clinical outcomes, patient engagement and clinician use of electronic health record technology to strengthen organizational performance and health outcomes across patient populations. MetroHealth's latest revalidation effort was led by Jonathan Siff, MD, MBA, MetroHealth's Chief Medical Informatics Officer

“Continued validation by HIMSS is a testament to our caregivers’ commitment to clinical and academic excellence and innovation,” said MetroHealth President & CEO Airica Steed, Ed.D, RN, MBA, FACHE. “This recognition underscores our focus on our True North, which is to provide the highest quality care to every person we serve. MetroHealth’s pioneering use of our electronical health record and other technology is allowing us to work toward of our goals of improving community health, advancing health equity and ultimately eradicating health disparities.”

"MetroHealth continues to serve as a shining example of an organization's adeptness in maximizing its technology investments to cultivate a digitally mature environment, prioritizing a patient-centered experience above all else,” said Christina Grimes, RN, MSN, MBA, HIMSS Digital Health Strategist. “Through innovative integration of technology, MetroHealth sets a standard for excellence in healthcare delivery, ensuring patients receive the highest quality care with utmost efficiency and compassion."

Since installing the Epic electronic health record in 1999, MetroHealth has become one of Epic's most advanced users. Its clinical informatics and technology leaders are regularly called upon to present at industry conferences and share the innovative ways The MetroHealth System has embraced technology to advance research and improve patient care.

“It is truly remarkable what we have been able to accomplish over the last almost 25 years with our electronic health record,” said David Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH, Chief Health Informatics Officer and Vice President, Health Informatics and Patient Engagement Technologies. “It has taken hundreds of technical, operational and clinical personnel to reach this point, and while I am proud of what we have achieved, I am even more excited for what’s to come.”

About the MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable healthcare — through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services — that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit