News Release

The MetroHealth System Selected as 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

January 12, 2016

The MetroHealth System of Cleveland, Ohio has been named a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient. Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health information technology (IT) to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment. The Davies Awards program promotes electronic health record-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing of case studies and lessons learned across a wide range of efforts, including implementation strategies, workflow design, best practice development and adherence, and patient engagement that have improved care outcomes for patients.

Since 1837, The MetroHealth System has cared for Clevelanders for their most basic health needs and through national crises, such as the outbreak of tuberculosis and the polio epidemic.

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designated MetroHealth as an official Ebola Treatment Center, the only one in Ohio. MetroHealth is an integrated health system with an acute care hospital housing Cuyahoga County's only verified Level I Adult Trauma Center and Burn Center, a skilled nursing facility and 20 locations throughout the community with more on the way.

Annually, MetroHealth handles more than one million patient visits including more than 100,000 in the Emergency Department, one of the busiest in the country. As the county hospital, MetroHealth treats all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

Leveraging workflow enabled by health information technology interventions and patient care plans, MetroHealth:

Efficiencies in care delivery and cost benefits associated with improved care outcomes have produced a return of investment of nearly $8 million dollars.

“We are proud to be leading the way in demonstrating high-quality, patient-centered and technology-enabled care," said Dr. David Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH, chief medical informatics officer at MetroHealth. "This recognition, complements the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7 ambulatory and hospital recognition we received in 2014, and acknowledges MetroHealth's leadership and commitment to pushing the use of electronic medical records for the benefit of our patients, our healthcare system, and all of Northeast Ohio.”

“As an integrated care delivery network serving patients regardless of their ability to pay, MetroHealth’s commitment to prevention and chronic disease management is critical to avoid hospitalizations and reduce costs,” said Jonathan French, director of quality and patient safety at HIMSS North America. “What many organizations call ‘soft return on investment’ associated with improved patient outcomes has a real impact on the bottom line for MetroHealth.

“MetroHealth demonstrates how IT can be leveraged to improve the health of the most at-risk patients in the Cleveland area while at the same time being responsible stewards of the public funding they receive from Cuyahoga County. The Davies Committee and HIMSS congratulate the team members of The MetroHealth System of Cleveland on receiving the Davies Award as recognition of their utilization of information technology to improve the health outcomes of underserved patients in Northeast Ohio.”

MetroHealth will be recognized at the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, February 29-March 4, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev. For more information on applying for the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, visit the HIMSS Davies Award website. The 2016 Davies Awards submission cycle will be open from Jan. 1 to July 1, 2016.

HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 61,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Health IT Week, HIMSS Innovation Center, HIMSS Interoperability Showcases™, HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS

Media Contact: Kelly Wagner 312-915-9502

Posted Under: Enterprise Awards