Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, earned top honors from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society for its use of health information technology to improve patient care and quality, and seven other organizations also received awards under the associations 2008 Nicholas E. Davies Awards for organizational, ambulatory and community health categories.
EMMC represents a shining example of how to implement and utilize the electronic health record along with other technologies in enhancing the delivery of high quality, evidence-based healthcare, said Brian Jacobs, chairman of the HIMSS Davies Award Organizational Committee and chief medical information officer, Center for Pediatric Informatics at Childrens National Medical Center in Washington, in a written statement.
Additionally, three practice groups earned awards for ambulatory care, and four more won for best community health or member organization. Davies winners for ambulatory care are: Palm Beach (Fla.) Obstetrics and Gynecology; Oklahoma Arthritis Center, Edmond; and Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia. Community health winners are: Columbia Basin Health Association, Othello, Wash.; White River Rural Health Center, Augusta, Ark.; New York Childrens Health Project, New York City; and Community Health Access Network and Member CHCs, New Hampshire.
Winners of the Davies Public Health Award, Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority and the New Jersey Health and Senior Services Department, were announced in August. The Davies Awards honor excellence in the implementation of EHRs. -- by Matthew DoBias