The HIMSS Davies Award

The HIMSS Davies Award was created to recognize the excellence in health information technology including the utilization of the EHR with the purpose of improve the quality care and safety of patients. The Award has recognized many organizations for their outstanding achievement in the implementation of EHRs since 1994 and has been promoting the adoption of it by sharing implementation strategies, financial advantages and the great value of this program in the improvement of patient care and the outcome.
Mount Sinai Medical Center is one of the health care facilities honored with the Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for the year 2012. The implementation of EHR technology has created great outcomes to Mount Sinai Medical Center and their seven hospital campuses. One of the requirement to be able to apply for the Award is that the health care organization achieved ,Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model (for Hospitals/Health Systems), Meaningful Use milestones and had achieved sustainable improvement in outcomes through the utilization of health IT. Mount Sinai is a Stage 6 hospital, as measured by the EMRAM evaluation tool(HIMSS, 2012).
The EHR, as has been demonstrated by the Preventable Admissions Care Team (PACT) and the STOP Sepsis initiative which have both been successful at improving the quality of patient outcomes dramatically, is a strong enabler for clinical innovation.
As is evident from the case studies of Mount Sinai, it is there data collection needs which are particularly challenging. Quite unlike the needs of the other clinics which may be singularly focused, Mount Sinai has to track multiple things like preventive care practices, illness rates, patients’ risk factors apart from the educational experiences of its trainees and other things simultaneously. Especially, it became even more challenging during the transition to a paperless environment. This transition had already begun in 1999. Mount Sinai customized Nightingale on Demand (Electronic Medical Records) to meet its needs.
Its implementation proved innovative for the hospital as to how an ambulatory practice and a large hospital can work together. The implementation of EMRs has improved team based communications which further facilitates important patient information sharing between doctors and other practitioners like dietitians and social workers. Online access to medical records has also brought multiple other benefits with it. Especially for patients who get their lab results applied directly to the clinics electronic records whenever they visit the clinic’s lab or one of the three public labs at Toronto.
The new EMR system has made the process of data recording done by doctors more disciplined. The quality of Data presented by the EMR is better in comparison to paper since the templates require to be more disciplined in recording and providing information. There has come a noticeable difference due to the availability of printed prescriptions in place of handwritten ones. This has improved quality of care as well as patient safety. The EMR has not only made management of patients easier, but now one can receive follow ups faster and without any hassles. It also makes regular monitoring of patients check if their medication is on track easier.
The Medical Center has already innovated a lot with regard to its health care information system and is focusing on improving communication among the health care team as well as keeping more complete notes and records for making further improvements in patient care. In this way, the Nightingale’s EMR system implemented by Mount Sinai has helped it address its data collection needs quite successfully and benefited doctors and nurses as well.
The HIMSS Davies Award was created to recognize the excellence in health information technology including the utilization of the EHR with the purpose of improve the quality care and safety of patients. The Award has recognized many organizations for their outstanding achievement in the implementation of EHRs since 1994 and has been promoting the adoption of it by sharing implementation strategies, financial advantages and the great value of this program in the improvement of patient care and the outcome.
Mount Sinai Medical Center is one of the health care facilities honored with the Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for the year 2012. The implementation of EHR technology has created great outcomes to Mount Sinai Medical Center and their seven hospital campuses. One of the requirement to be able to apply for the Award is that the health care organization achieved ,Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model (for Hospitals/Health Systems), Meaningful Use milestones and had achieved sustainable improvement in outcomes through the utilization of health IT. Mount Sinai is a Stage 6 hospital, as measured by the EMRAM evaluation tool(HIMSS, 2012).
The EHR, as has been demonstrated by the Preventable Admissions Care Team (PACT) and the STOP Sepsis initiative which have both been successful at improving the quality of patient outcomes dramatically, is a strong enabler for clinical innovation.
As is evident from the case studies of Mount Sinai, it is there data collection needs which are particularly challenging. Quite unlike the needs of the other clinics which may be singularly focused, Mount Sinai has to track multiple things like preventive care practices, illness rates, patients’ risk factors apart from the educational experiences of its trainees and other things simultaneously. Especially, it became even more challenging during the transition to a paperless environment. This transition had already begun in 1999. Mount Sinai customized Nightingale on Demand (Electronic Medical Records) to meet its needs.
Its implementation proved innovative for the hospital as to how an ambulatory practice and a large hospital can work together. The implementation of EMRs has improved team based communications which further facilitates important patient information sharing between doctors and other practitioners like dietitians and social workers. Online access to medical records has also brought multiple other benefits with it. Especially for patients who get their lab results applied directly to the clinics electronic records whenever they visit the clinic’s lab or one of the three public labs at Toronto.
The new EMR system has made the process of data recording done by doctors more disciplined. The quality of Data presented by the EMR is better in comparison to paper since the templates require to be more disciplined in recording and providing information. There has come a noticeable difference due to the availability of printed prescriptions in place of handwritten ones. This has improved quality of care as well as patient safety. The EMR has not only made management of patients easier, but now one can receive follow ups faster and without any hassles. It also makes regular monitoring of patients check if their medication is on track easier.
The Medical Center has already innovated a lot with regard to its health care information system and is focusing on improving communication among the health care team as well as keeping more complete notes and records for making further improvements in patient care. In this way, the Nightingale’s EMR system implemented by Mount Sinai has helped it address its data collection needs quite successfully and benefited doctors and nurses as well.

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