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After major EHR outlay, Mount Sinai nets HIMSS Davies award

By Maureen McKinney
Posted: December 13, 2012 - 2:00 pm ET

A $120 million implementation of an Epic electronic health-record system has paid off for 1,029-bed Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society announced that the hospital had received its HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award of Excellence, which recognizes effective use of EHRs to bolster quality and patient safety.

To be considered for the annual award, applicants must have achieved Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model, according to the guidelines. Mount Sinai has achieved Stage 6, HIMSS said in a news release.

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Launched in 1994, the Davies Awards program requires providers to document their progress against a set EHR-implementation framework, HIMSS said, comparing the program with the well-known Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, which also require self-assessment. HIMSS praised a number of Mount Sinai's EHR-enabled improvement programs, including initiatives that targeted preventable readmissions and sepsis.

"We encourage hospitals looking to implement EHRs to review Mount Sinai's case studies," Dr. Eric Hartz, chairman of the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Committee and chief medical information officer at Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich., said in the release.

Four-hospital Hawaii Pacific Health, Honolulu, also won a 2012 Enterprise award, announced in September. Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente was the lone winner in 2011.

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