Centura Health has been recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society for reaching an advanced stage for electronic medical records atoption.

The nonprofit group collects and analyzes health care data related to information products, departments and costs, health care trends and purchase-related decisions. The group developed a model as a methodology for evaluating the progress of implementing electronic medical records for hospitals.

Hospitals can track and review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment. Centura hospitals have reached stage 6, part of only 355 other hospitals across the nation to have reached that level.

“We’ve been forging the path to electronic medical record integration since 2005,” said Dana Moore, senior vice president and chief information officer, Centura Health. “The Stage 6 designation represents a tremendous milestone, placing us alongside an elite group of hospitals across the nation committed to providing the best care possible.”

Centura Health is one of the largest hospital networks in the state, and includes Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in the Springs.