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CHP of UPMC Named 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

February 15, 2016
by Rajiv Leventhal
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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) of UPMC, a hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has been named a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

The Davies Awards program promotes electronic health record (EHR)-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing of case studies and lessons learned across a wide range of efforts, including implementation strategies, workflow design, best practice development and adherence, and patient engagement that have improved care outcomes for patients.

According to HIMSS, CHP of UPMC was an early adopter of electronic health records, yet initially struggled to improve patient outcomes and safety. Through the development of a robust data warehouse system that provided expansive reporting capability to identify gaps and trigger change management, CHP of UPMC developed innovative health IT-enabled workflows to:

  • Lower medication errors while improving on-time delivery of medication
  • Virtually eliminate errors associated with breast milk labeling, ensuring that the mother gets the correct breast milk both while in the hospital and at home
  • Decrease medication safety events 60 percent over a six-year period
  • Prevent over 50 pulmonary and cardiac conditions ICU admissions through preventative care delivery triggered by CDS alerts
  • Cut the CLABSI rate per 1000 patients in half

Leveraging robust reporting from a state of the art data warehouse, Children’s Hospital has significantly reduced hospital-acquired infections, HIMSS reported. A variety of clinical data populates a dashboard to generate a pediatric Rothman Index, a real-time composite score that evaluates the patient’s condition. Using this scoring and alert interface that works through both the EHR and a number of mobile devices, providers trigger early preventative measures to significantly reduce ICU admissions associated with pulmonary and cardiac events by 53 since implementation.

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