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Centura Health Named HIMSS Davies Award Recipient

November 19, 2015
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The Englewood, Colo.-based Centura Health has been named a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient for its use of IT to reduce hospitalizations associated with chronic disease management.

Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health IT to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment. In 2015, four provider organizations have been named Enterprise Davies Award winners—Hilo Medical Center, University of Missouri Healthcare, Ontario Shores, and now Centura Health.

Centura Health, founded in 1996 by Catholic Health initiatives and Adventist Health Systems, manages 16 hospitals in Colorado and Kansas. These hospitals range from geographically remote, 30-bed hospitals, to a Level One Trauma Center with 220 beds in a metropolitan area with a population of more than 2.5 million supporting over 90,000 inpatient admissions and over 1 million outpatient physician and clinic visits per year.

Focused on improving population health outcomes, Centura has been able to significantly reduce hospitalizations associated with chronic disease management using alternative payment models enabled with risk stratification, clinical decision support, patient engagement and analytics.

Within the remote Durango, Colo. community, Mercy Family Medicine reduced the hospital admission rate for each 1,000 admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (including are: angina, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, grand mal status and other epileptic convulsions, heart failure and pulmonary edema, hypertension) by 27 percent. Across the Centura system, the use of a Medicare Shared Savings styled accountable care organization (ACO) model of care resulted in reductions of 15.65 percent in readmission for heart failure, and 7.4 percent for the overall annual per member cost of care, according to a HIMSS press release.

“We are honored to have been awarded the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence, as it truly exemplifies the high standards that Centura Health strives for in our pursuit to leverage technology to provide excellent patient care,” Dana Moore, Centura senior vice president of information technology, said in a statement. “A strong partnership between caregivers and technology has been at the heart of achieving this goal, and we couldn’t possibly be more proud of the outcomes of this collaboration.”

Centura Health will be recognized at the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, February 29 to March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV.

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