By: Roy Smythe, MD
Most parents of young children would agree that there is an association between youth and impatience. However, in this context it is often manifested in a mysterious bipolar manner – predictably present on long car drives and as holidays approach, but magically lost when it is time to be extracted from swimming pools or inserted into bed.
HIMSS14 ended on Thursday, Feb. 27, with record-breaking attendance of more than 38,000 attendees and with 1,233 exhibiting companies.
And – save the date for HIMSS15 in Chicago at McCormick Place from April 12-16, 2015.
A winner of a 2013 Davies Ambulatory Award of Excellence, MedPeds achieved ROI through its electronic health record (EHR) implementation by gaining significant financial, organizational, and cultural benefits. These benefits included earning certification as a level-3 patient-centered medical home, achieving meaningful use for all doctors in 2011 and 2012, and participating in other quality pay-for-performance measures. Improved financial results gave the practice the opportunity to relocate into a new office with more efficient workspaces, more exam rooms, a spacious waiting room, and improved work areas for all staff.
A winner of a 2013 Davies Ambulatory Award of Excellence, White River Family Practice’s electronic health record (EHR) implementation enabled demonstrable improvements in practice finances and quality care. The EHR assisted White River to certify as a patient centered medical home and positioned the practice to participate in accountable care organizations, as well as in other potential healthcare reforms. White River calculated an ROI of 223 percent, with $894,185 of revenue attributable to the EHR against $399,437 of expenses.
With a variety of new payment models driving the healthcare world to true pay for quality, the search for evidence-based best practices that improve outcomes and patient safety is at a fever pitch at HIMSS14. On Tuesday, HIMSS showcased the Davies Award of Excellence winners, and their case studies are shining examples of how IT, well implemented and used correctly by a group of dedicated caregivers, can serve as the backbone of a system that will improve the health and quality of life of patients. 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the Davies Award, HIMSS highest recognition of hospitals and providers that have utilized IT to improve patient outcomes, and this year’s winners have achieved remarkable results through EHR-enabled quality improvement initiatives.
by Wendy Everett, ScD, President, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation
The use of technology in healthcare delivery is at an important stage: Right now, we have the opportunity to revolutionize an overburdened system by improving access, quality, and efficiency in healthcare delivery through technological innovation. Continue reading
A winner of a 2013 Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence, UC Davis Medical Center achieved clinical value through its electronic health record (EHR) implementation by reducing the incidence of sepsis; ventilator-assisted pneumonia in the pediatric intensive care unit; and central line bloodstream, catheter-associated urinary tract, and surgical site infections.