Evanston (Ill.) Northwestern Healthcare won the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2004 Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for implementing an integrated electronic health record throughout its three acute-care hospitals and in 65 offices of its medical group. Evanston Northwestern "did everything right -- from its leadership commitment, reworking of all of its processes and securing organizational buy-in to realizing tangible benefits in quality, safety and operating efficiencies," said Asif Ahmad, chairman of the task force for the award and vice president and chief information officer at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and its health system. The Davies award recognizes achievements in implementing computerized patient records.
HIMSS also sponsors a companion award for primary-care facilities. Four practices were honored: North Fulton Family Medicine, Cumming, Ga., with two sites seeing 51,000 patients annually; Old Harding Pediatric Associates, Nashville, a two-site pediatric practice employing 14 physicians and staff of more than 50; and two small pediatric practices, Pediatrics at the Basin, Pittsford, N.Y., and Riverpoint Pediatrics of Chicago. -- by John Morrissey