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Hawai‘i Pacific Health Becomes Two-Time HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Winner

September 29, 2016
by Rajiv Leventhal
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For the second time, Hawai‘i Pacific Health, one of the largest healthcare providers in Hawaii, has been named a HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient.

Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving a return on investment. Hawai‘i Pacific Health is only the second two-time winner of the Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence since the program’s inception. It also won in 2012.

Hawaii Pacific Health’s (HPH) healthcare network operates four medical centers and 70 outpatient clinics and service sites across Hawaii. In addition, the health system has leading strategic initiatives in women’s health, pediatric care, cardiovascular services, cancer care and bone and joint services, according to a HIMSS press release.

To earn the recognition, HPH submitted three case studies demonstrating how the system has leveraged health IT to improve patient and business outcomes. They were:

  • Through the implementation of computer-directed insulin dosing system, the development of electronic health record (EHR) order sets for insulin dosing, and wireless glucometer integration, HPH significantly reduced length of stay for diabetic patients.    
  • By developing a series of order sets and alerts using the best practices algorithms, HPH reduced length of stay for all sepsis patients by almost 2 full days and saved 275 lives over two years.            
  • HPH created a data warehouse, integrated ancillary technology to its EHR, and utilized EHR functionality to drive metrics, engage patients, and improved population health management to significantly improve ambulatory patient outcomes and generate an additional $6 million in revenue.                                                                                                                                                   

“HPH is receiving the Davies Award from HIMSS for their work in reducing sepsis mortality and length of stay (and saving nearly 300 lives), significantly improving population health outcomes and patient access, and reducing complications due to hypoglycemia through the use of health IT,” said Jonathan French, senior director, health information systems, HIMSS North America.

Steve Robertson, executive vice president and chief information officer of Hawaii Pacific Health, said, “Substantially improving patient outcomes through health IT is only possible with a special kind of teamwork and trust between physicians, clinical staff and administration. To win this honor a second time in five years is humbling, but it does validate how powerful these partnerships are in transforming patient care and creating a healthier Hawaii.”

Hawaii Pacific Health will be recognized at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, February 19-23rd in Orlando, Fla.

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