Top 25 Innovators
Dr. Nicholas Desai
Chief medical information officer,
Desai launched a program that provided clinical and financial data at the point of care. During a 90-day pilot, clinicians saw real-time, patient-specific cost and risk data for medications, labs and radiology. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital saved $717,000 since launching the program in December 2018. The average cost savings is $105 per admission. For 2019, Sugar Land expects to save $1.7 million to $2.8 million. The program is being rolled out systemwide, with predicted savings of $18 million to $20 million. The program takes patient safety into consideration, too. Only medication alerts approved by the system’s pharmacy and therapeutics committee display, ensuring alignment with other safety and quality initiatives.