Texas Health Resources, a 14-hospital delivery system based in Arlington, has won a 2013 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for use of health information technology, particularly electronic health records.

Industry veteran Ed Marx is CIO at the organization, whose hospitals totaling 2,950 licensed beds are all at Stages 6 or 7 on the HIMSS Analytics scale of EHR adoption. Texas Health Resources annually has more than 1.3 million inpatient and outpatient visits that include 24,000 deliveries and 469,000 emergency department visits.

The organization augmented its EHR in recent years with an early warning system to reduce cardiac arrests, clinical decision support protocols and clinical analytics. Texas Health Resources has improved cardiac outcomes, and reduced venous thromboembolism cases and hospital acquired infections.

In September, University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento won a 2013 Enterprise Davies Award and White River Family Practice in White River Junction, Vt., was honored with an Ambulatory Davies Award. More information is available here. HIMSS also will announce a public health agency winner of the Davies Award and will honor all recipients during the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando.

The awards, given since 1994, are named in memory of Nicholas Davies, M.D., a practicing physician and president-elect of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Improving the Patient Record, who died in an airplane crash in 1991.

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