The Mount Sinai Medical Center Selected as 2012 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award Winner

December 11, 2012

The awards program is named after Dr. Nicholas E. Davies, a practicing physician and President-elect of the American College of Physicians who died in a plane crash in 1991

Washington, DC – December 6, 2012 – HIMSS is proud to honor the Mount Sinai Medical Center as the winner of the 2012 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence.  Since 1994, the Nicholas E. Davies Award recognizes excellence in health information technology, specifically excellence in use of the EHR to successfully improve quality of care and patient safety. 

“It is our pleasure to announce that The Mount Sinai Medical Center has received the Davies Enterprise Award. Their implementation of health care technology has allowed them to reach excellent clinical and financial value in the challenging environment of a medical teaching, patient care, and research facility,” said Eric Hartz, MD, chair, HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Committee and CMIO, Trinity Healthcare.  “We encourage hospitals looking to implement EHR to review Mount Sinai’s case studies.  All of us on the Davies Enterprise Committee congratulate Mount Sinai for their focus on improving the quality of healthcare delivery with the best use of health IT.” 

“The long term benefits of our new EMR system, which I consider the backbone of our care today, are far reaching,” said Kenneth Davis, CEO of Mount Sinai.  “It enables new reimbursement models, improvements in safety and quality, and accelerated research and innovation.” 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center, located in New York, New York, encompasses both the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary and quaternary care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest, and most respected voluntary hospitals. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients in 2011, and approximately one million outpatient visits took place.  Mount Sinai is a Stage 6 hospital, as measured by the EMRAM evaluation tool. 

Mount Sinai’s case studies detailed the formation of a visionary leadership and governance structure as well as the use of a Program Management Office to ensure that stringent program management methodologies were utilized throughout the implementation.  MSMC also developed a robust change management program, under the direction of the PMO, which placed clinical champions at the forefront of the transformation.  This allowed clinical champions, front line nurses, trainers, and other resources to assume ownership of this implementation and therefore drive the clinical transformation.

The EHR continues to serve as a strong enabler for clinical innovation as demonstrated by the Preventable Admissions Care Team (PACT) and the “Stop Sepsis” initiative, both of which are dramatically improving quality outcomes for patients.  Quality, safety, and efficiency metrics have improved since system implementation and are apparent in Meaningful Use core and menu objective reporting. 

Winning enterprise organizations, including academic medical centers, community hospitals, rural health hospitals and critical-access hospitals, must demonstrate the value of the EHR in informing patient care and improving outcomes, including challenges faced and solutions created that can be replicated by other organizations. In addition, the winners of the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award must have achieved Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model and key meaningful use milestones. 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013.  For more information on applying for the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, visit the HIMSS website.  Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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