HIMSS Analytics Introduces New Infrastructure Adoption Model: INFRAM
Today, HIMSS Analytics® announced the newest maturity model to enter the market, the Infrastructure Adoption Model or INFRAM. The INFRAM measures the technical infrastructure used within in a health system and identifies recommended benchmarks for organizations to reach before they go live with Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems. The INFRAM ensures that a health system’s infrastructure is stable, manageable and extensible. Through this model, organizations can improve care delivery and create a pathway for infrastructure development tied to business and clinical outcomes.
The HIMSS Analytics Maturity Models have become the worldwide standard for measuring healthcare organizations’ dedication to improving processes and outcomes through advancements in technology. Similar to the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, or, EMRAM, the INFRAM is an eight stage model (0 – 7) that allows healthcare IT leaders to map the technology infrastructure capabilities required to reach their facility’s clinical and operational goals, while meeting industry benchmarks and standards. The final stage, Stage 7, guides organizations towards optimized information integration, contextualization and orchestration essential for the delivery of higher order local and virtualized care processes.
The INFRAM focuses on five technical subdomains, allowing organizations to benchmark how their infrastructure operates within the following domains:
- Data Center
When signing up for the INFRAM, organizations will receive a personalized survey that they can share internally to assess the infrastructure of the organization. The assessment will focus on the technological capabilities of the organization and will facilitate collaboration between various business units to answer and verify the survey data. After scores are received, the organization will have the information and insight to determine what the necessary next steps are to progress toward Stage 7.
The INFRAM has already proven to be valuable to the healthcare technology vendor community. Cisco, the model’s first Certified Consultant, was involved from the inception of the model acting as a key collaborator on the pilot program, along with other organizations from around the world. Additionally, BlackBerry, Cognizant, and VertitechIT have already signed on as early Certified Consultants who are trained on the model criteria to engage and assist their clients in advancing through maturity model stages.
INFRAM is now available and more information can be found on the INFRAM page.