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CHIME Honors Industry Leaders

October 11, 2013
by Gabriel Perna
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At the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ (CHIME) annual Fall CIO Forum, held this year in Scottsdale, Ariz., the association recognized various health IT leaders and organizations for their work in advancing the industry.

In terms of organizations, Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) in Houston and Sacramento-based not-for-profit, Sutter Health were recognized for their work in clinical data warehousing and streamlined reporting and mobile health respectively. Texas Children’s used a data-driven approach to improve patient care, increase productivity, and lower costs and won the CHIME-AHA Transformational Leadership Award, which CHIME sponsors alongside the American Hospital Association (AHA). Sutter won for giving tablets to 1,000 home care clinicians when caring for more than 35,000 home health and hospice patients across California. For this, CHIME awarded Sutter as its “Innovator of the Year.”

“Securely completing health records and other clinical documentation is complex. Using tablets to deliver patient care in the field remains a new concept,” Philip Chuang, IS director for Sutter Care at Home, said in a statement. “We needed to develop our own roadmap to success with this new technology. Through collaboration we identified and overcame the challenges and learned what worked for our staff.”

Also Michigan-based CHE Trinity Health and Cerner Corporation were recognized with the CHIME Collaboration Award for their mission to reduce, detect and respond to a severe blood condition called Sepsis Mortality, which can lead to organ failure and death for the past two and a half years.

CHIME also awarded several individuals at the Fall Forum. This included Gary Barnes, CIO at Medical Center Health System in Odessa, Texas, Larry Grandia, member of the Board of Directors at Salt Lake City-based Health Catalyst, Pam McNutt, senior vice president and CIO of Methodist Health System in Omaha, and Bill Spooner, senior vice president and CIO of Sharp HealthCare in San Diego.

In addition, a quartet of CIOs, Geoffrey “Geoff” Brown from Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va., Rodney Dykehouse from Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, Skip Hubbard from Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Md., and Stephen Stewart from Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, were all named CHIME fellows.

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