Physician-led Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, with its physician-headed clinical IT program, is the winner of the 2003 Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for Healthcare Organizations given by the Chicago-based Healthcare Information Management Systems Society.
The 340-bed hospital is headed by Thomas Boat, M.D., who serves as its chairman of pediatrics and physician in chief. It has a medical staff of 1,045, including 300 residents, 230 fellows in training and 340 in-house attendings, as well as community physicians.
This is the second prestigious IT award for the hospital this summer for the development of its clinical information system, which includes CPOE, a medical administrative record, a pharmacy system, a data storage center and a Web portal.
In July, Brian Jacobs, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the center and chairman of its Clinical Outcomes Research Group, was one of five winners of the annual award for achievement in applied informatics from the Association of Medical Directors of Information System, co-sponsored by Modern Physician. (See July, page 12.) Jacobs, board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care, spearheaded the EMR rollout.
The IT team at Children's began the rollout of the Siemens Invision system in May 2001 and finished with most hospital departments in December 2002.
Jacobs says the system has helped the hospital eliminate transcription errors and cut mediation errors from 120 or 130 a month to 70 a month. It has more than halved turnaround time on stat X-rays, from 22 minutes to about eight minutes, he says.
Established in 1995, the Davies Award was named for Nicholas E. Davies, M.D., an Atlanta-based physician who was committed to the ideal of improving patient care through better information management. The award recognizes healthcare IT vendors and providers for their successful CPR implementation and information-sharing initiatives.
Asif Ahmad, vice president and chief information officer at Duke University Health System and Duke University Medical Center, served as chairman of a task force of IT leaders who juried the award.
"The task force feels that the implementation of computer-based patient record systems by Cincinnati Children's embodies all of the principles of the Nicholas E. Davies Award, including management, functionality, technology and impact," Ahmad said in a prepared statement.