Through its use of predictive analytics and smart alerts, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has been able to reduce hospital-acquired infections and offers triggers for preventative measures to head off ICU admissions.

These capabilities, and others, are why Children’s Hospital was named a recipient of a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award. The facility also is the first pediatric hospital in the country to receive a HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 designation.

The Davies Awards program promotes electronic health record-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.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

The hospital, which was completed in 2009, leverages reporting from a data warehouse. Through the use of analytics and insights from the data, the facility has been able to significantly reduce hospital-acquired infections.

In addition, the warehouse supplies a variety of clinical data that is used to populate a dashboard, showing a pediatric Rothman Index in real-time, providing an easy-to-understand composite score that helps to quickly show a patient’s condition.

Using the dashboard-presented scoring and an alert interface that works through both the electronic health record and a number of mobile devices, providers are able to act upon early preventive measures that have significantly reduced admissions to the hospital’s intensive care unit for pulmonary and cardiac events.

In addition, Children’s Hospital is using information technology to improve supply chain management, with the end result that patient safety and financial outcomes are optimized. RFID technology, bar coding, patient identification and system automation have been used to improve on-time delivery of medication, while medication errors have been reduced by 60 percent.

The facility reports that improvements in its labeling and delivery system have virtually eliminated errors in breast milk delivery.

“This award recognizes the enhancements we have made to Children’s health informatics program and the tremendous impact these technological advances have made on care provided to our patients and families,” said Harun Rashid, vice president, global health services and chief information officer, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

“As a pediatric hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC treats the most at-risk patients,” said Jonathan French, director of quality and patient safety at HIMSS North America. “Ensuring their patients receive the right treatment at the right time is paramount to successful treatment. Rather than trying to achieve static metrics, Children’s Hospital has a culture of learning and focus on constant improvement enabled through innovative data analytics and reporting capability. Those analytics are then used to launch programs that improve care delivery.”

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