Miami Children’s Health System | Davies Enterprise Award

HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award, Nicklaus Children’s Health System is the only licensed specialty hospital in southern Florida that is exclusively for children; it is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern U.S. The U.S. News & World Report has ranked them among the best in the nation.

After fully embracing the value proposition of health information and technology in 2016, Nicklaus Children’s Health System achieved significant outcome improvements throughout their health system. Improved outcomes for pediatric patients included dropping blood transfusion error rates to zero using barcoding technology, decreasing asthma readmission rates by 26% with stricter adherence to the use of an asthma home plan of care, and reducing CAUTI’s by 57 by implementing and monitoring best practice guidelines.

Errors in blood transfusion practices can lead to serious consequences. The majority of errors occur due to incorrect sampling of blood from a patient, obtaining the wrong unit of blood for a patient, and transfusing blood inappropriately. The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital was able to drop blood transfusion error rates to zero using barcoding technology.

 

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Asthma is the most common chronic childhood condition. It is also a major contributor to pediatric morbidity and the most frequent reason for hospitalization within the pediatric population. Providing an asthma home management plan of care, which provides the information needed to manage symptoms and triggers at home, helps decrease asthma readmissions. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital decreased asthma readmission rates by 26% with stricter adherence to the use of an asthma home plan of care.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the fourth most common type of healthcare association infection. The vast majority of the healthcare-associated UTIs are caused by instruments of the urinary tract, which include indwelling catheters. The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital achieved significant outcome by reducing CAUTI’s by 57 by implementing and monitoring best practice guidelines.