The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently awarded the Honolulu-based Hawai‘i Pacific Health, an integrated health system, as the winner of the 2012 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence, which awards excellence in health information technology, specifically excellence in use of the EHR to successfully improve quality of care and patient safety.
Hawai’i Pacific, a Stage 6 hospital as measured by HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model, is a nonprofit healthcare system and Hawaii’s largest healthcare provider. It operates four hospitals, 49 outpatient clinics and service sites, with more than 1,300 affiliated physicians. According to HIMSS, the health system has demonstrated an annual return on investment from an integrated EHR of nine percent over 10 years.
“Hawai‘i Pacific Health ranks among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide in the adoption of electronic health records, with system-wide implementation that allows its hospitals and physicians to offer integrated, coordinated care throughout the state,” C. Eric Hartz, M.D., chair of the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Committee and VP and Chief Medical Information Officer at Trinity Health, said in a statement.
According to HIMSS, Hawai’i Pacific patients were empowered through a web portal to enable viewing of laboratory results, educational materials, appointment scheduling, and health maintenance reminders. More than 29,000 patients now regularly communicate through this portal, averaging 650 logons per day.
Hawai‘i Pacific will be recognized at the 2013 HIMSS Conference in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013.