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The HIMSS Davies Award Program

The Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society annually honors organizations for outstanding achievement in their use of information technology. Winners of the award in 2015 reported initiatives that improved patient outcomes while also achieving a significant return on the investment in information technology. What follows are the winners from 2015 and some of their most noteworthy accomplishments with IT.

HealthNet of Indianapolis

2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award


HealthNet is Indiana’s largest federally qualified health center.. With the assistance of electronic health records and a variety of IT interventions, HealthNet has reduced low birth weights, improved care outcomes for pediatric patients and significantly increased patient satisfaction. The use of the electronic health record to improve patient management and billing has produced a 230 percent return on investment since 2009.

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Centura Health

2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient


Centura, which manages 16 hospitals in Colorado and Kansas, has been able to significantly reduce hospitalizations associated with chronic disease management using alternative payment models that use risk stratification, clinical decision support, patient engagement and analytics. Across the Centura system, the use of a Medicare Shared Savings styled ACO model of care resulted in reductions of 15.7 percent in readmissions for heart failure, and a 7.4 percent reduction for the overall annual cost of care per member.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State’s University Wexner Medical Center is central Ohio’s only academic medical center and the first two- time winner of the Davies Award, first winning the award in 2001. It has launched a clinical data mart designed to monitor the use of anti-microbial medication. Through the utilization of policies developed as result of analysis of data from the data mart, the medical center has significantly reduced the use of anti-microbials and observed a corresponding reduction of resistant infections like C. difficile. Using health maintenance alerts and standardized care, OSU Wexner Medical Center has significantly improved chronic disease management.

The Wright Center

2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award Recipient

Scranton, Penn.

The Wright Center, a graduate medical education consortium and safety-net provider with primary care practices located within northeastern Pennsylvania, was recognized for successfully leveraging inter-professional learners from its family medicine and internal medicine residency program, as well as trainees from local healthcare partners, to integrate health IT into daily practice. The Wright Center team developed and implemented the technological innovations in-house, utilizing dynamic workflow documents and suggestions from residents and providers to continuously improve patient care and increase accountability of providers and staff.

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University of Missouri Health Care

2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

Columbia, Mo.

MU Health Care consists of five hospitals. To reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections, MU Health Care created mandatory fields in the electronic health record that require the clinician to consider and document a specific reason why each patient should receive a catheter. Coupled with a new nursing task in the EHR to discontinue a catheter if it is no longer necessary, CAUTIs decreased 25 percent from 2013 to 2014. Using health information technology solutions to isolate problems, make process changes and minimize delays, MU Health Care improved the efficiency of operating room procedures by identifying root causes for significant delays in the start of surgical procedures.

Ontario Shores Centre

2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

Whitby, Ontario

Ontario Shores is a public teaching hospital specializing in comprehensive mental health and addictions services for those with complex, serious and persistent mental illness. The hospital conducted a systematic implementation of clinical practice guidelines over a five-year period for the assessment and treatment of patients with schizophrenia. Ontario Shores leveraged their electronic medical record to provide real time access to a full spectrum of evidence-based guidelines to increase clinician adherence to clinical best practices, and track adherence to practices and provide meaningful feedback to physicians and clinical managers.

The MetroHealth System

2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

Cleveland, Ohio

Annually, The MetroHealth System handles more than one million patient visits, including more than 100,000 through its emergency department, one of the busiest in the country. Leveraging workflow enabled by health information technology interventions and patient care plans, MetroHealth has significantly improved care outcomes for its diabetic population; more than doubled the number of HIV and HCV screenings for at-risk patients; and reduced drug resistant infections by more than 30 percent. Efficiencies in care delivery and cost benefits associated with improved care outcomes have produced a return of investment of nearly $8 million.

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Hilo Medical Center

Hilo Medical Center is a part of the East Hawai’i Region of the Hawai’i Health Systems Corp. Hilo Medical Center staff members could not make a cell phone call from inside their facility in 2009, yet by leveraging the data generated by health information technology, Hilo has saved millions of dollars through more efficient care delivery and revenue cycle management. Health information technology has enabled standardized protocols to reduce hospital acquired infections and reduce the mortality rates of patients admitted with pneumonia.

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