Texas Health Resources selected as 2013 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award winner

Oct. 25, 2013

CHICAGO (October 23, 2013) – HIMSS honors Texas Health Resources located in Arlington, Texas as a winner of the 2013 Enterprise 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 health care 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).

Texas Health Resources 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.

“It is our pleasure to announce that Texas Health Resources has received the Davies Enterprise Award.  As reflected in itsr submitted case studies, this organization is a pioneer with respect to using evidence-based medicine in the EHR order sets, alerts, care plans, etc., to improve the clinical quality outcomes for their patients,”  says Janis Curtis, chair, Davies Enterprise Committee, and Business Relationship Director at Duke University Health System.

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

Texas Health Resources will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. on Feb. 23-27, 2014. For more information on applying for the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, visit the HIMSS Davies Award website. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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