Nebraska Medicine | Davies Enterprise Award

For Nebraska Medicine, 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient, focusing on reducing hospital acquired infections through the use of IT to standardize care, and improving quality measurement for ambulatory practices to reduce hospital readmissions, are the centerpieces of the organization's core values to improve care for their patients.

Empowered by a vision to become the organization of choice for comprehensive care in their region, Nebraska Medicine is utilizing the technology available within their electronic health record (EHR) to improve the overall health of patients.

With over 1,000 physicians and 50 specialty and primary care clinics in Omaha and the surrounding areas, Nebraska Medicine is one of the most esteemed academic health system in the region.

In 2017, Nebraska Medicine earned the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD Quality Leadership Award from Vizient, Inc. earning recognition in the top 10 quality academic health systems in the United States. For three straight years, Nebraska Medicine has also been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 100 Great Hospitals in America.

In the two years following implementation, Nebraska Medicine care teams improved completion rates in all 12 of the quality measures, with the greatest improvements in colorectal cancer screening.

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Nebraska Medicine care teams improved completion rates in all 12 of the quality measures, with the greatest improvements in colorectal cancer screening. As a result of these improvements,

• 9,534 patients underwent or avoided duplicate colon cancer screening;

• 4,570 patients received or avoided duplicate pneumonia vaccination; and

• 2,900 women underwent or avoided duplicate breast cancer screening.

 

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Nebraska Medicine had a 47% reduction in CAUTI rate and a 29% reduction in catheter days, as a result of their internal initiative focused on reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs). During June 2017, Nebraska Medicine had no CAUTIs across their system, as a result of the initiative’s success. Nebraska Medicine saved $1.4 million by working toward the “Zero Harm” goal for cost reduction.

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The initiative to save lives from sepsis at Nebraska Medicine was responsible for a significant decline (15% reduction) in length of stay (LOS). There were 53 lives saved in FY17 based on this effort at Nebraska Medicine.

In terms of ROI, Nebraska Medicine saved

• $172,007 in LOS cost;

• $59,200 in readmission rate cost; and

• $2,185,557 post-op sepsis in diverted cost. 

 

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