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Texas Health Resources Selected as HIMSS Davies Award Winner

October 28, 2013
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The Arlington, Texas-based Texas Health Resources has been honored as a winner of the 2013 Enterprise Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Davies Award of Excellence.

Since 1994, the Nicholas E. Davies Award has recognized excellence in the use of health information technology, specifically the use of the electronic health record (EHR) to successfully improve healthcare delivery processes and patient safety while achieving a demonstrated return on investment.

Winning enterprise organizations, including academic medical centers, community hospitals, rural health hospitals and critical-access hospitals, must demonstrate the value of the EHR in supporting  delivery of patient care and as well as document improved patient outcomes, identify the  challenges faced, and describe the solutions implemented  in a manner that can be replicated by other organizations. Winners of the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award must have achieved Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM), according to HIMSS officials.

Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit healthcare delivery system in the nation; including 13 acute-care hospitals, one transitional care hospital, and 2,950 licensed hospital beds.

All 14 wholly owned hospitals have been awarded HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model Stage 6 or above designation.  Annually, THR has more than 1.3 million inpatient and outpatient visits including 24,000 deliveries and 469,000 emergency visits. Through the innovative use of health IT, including the establishment of a modified early warning system, clinical decision support protocols, and advanced clinical analytics, Texas Health has significantly improved outcomes for cardiac patients, reduced cases of venous thromboembolism, and significantly reduced hospital acquired infections, according to HIMSS.

“This prestigious recognition spotlights the collaborative work of our talented information technology team and compassionate caregivers,” Barclay Berdan, Texas Health senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. “North Texas patients are benefitting from the innovative application of technology to enhance the care they receive across our system.” 

Last month, HIMSS selected the Sacramento, Calif.-based 619-bed University of California-Davis Medical Center as a 2013 Enterprise Davies Award Winner.

All winners will be recognized at the 2013 annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. on Feb. 23-27, 2014.

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