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OSU Wexner Medical Center Receives AHIMA Grace Award

October 24, 2016
by Heather Landi
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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) received the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) annual Grace Award in recognition of its leadership in health information management.

OSUWMC leadership received the award last week at AHIMA’s 88th annual convention in Baltimore. Named for AHIMA’s founder Grace Whiting Myers, the Grace Award honors healthcare delivery organizations that demonstrate outstanding and innovative approaches to using health information management (HIM) as a way to deliver high-quality care to patients.

“It is an honor for our organization to receive the AHIMA Grace Award,” Andrew Thomas, M.D., chief medical officer, Ohio State Health System, and senior associate vice president, Ohio State Health Sciences, said in a prepared statement. “The leadership and dedicated staff in our medical information management department is committed to the highest quality of health information to improve our patients’ lives. Our team embraces new technology and approaches to managing health information in support of patient care, teaching and research.”

“The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an exemplary organization that is effectively using health information to improve patient care,” AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, said. “In numerous initiatives, their HIM professionals are leading the way to getting the right information to the right place at the right time. AHIMA is pleased to honor them with this year’s Grace Award.”

Award evaluation criteria included how organizations support AHIMA’s 2014-2017 strategic plan by integrating HIM throughout their organization to use and analyze healthcare data, serve as a leader in their organization and community, develop and grow information governance, support and contribute to innovation, and empower consumers in their own healthcare.

AHIMA also recognized Texas Health Resources with an honorable mention for its important role in advancing the use of analytics to improve patient care, promote information governance, and bring departments together to care for the patient in a holistic manner.

Previous winners of the award include Allina Health of Minneapolis (2015), Texas Health Resources (2015 Honorable Mention), Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (2014), Truman Medical Centers (2013) and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic (2012).

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