Miami Children’s Health System | Davies Enterprise Award

Miami Children’s Health System is a recipient of the 2017 HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the flagship of Miami 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.

In 2012, the Miami Children’s Health System (Nicklaus Children’s Hospital) began its full embrace of health IT with the enterprise EMR implementation that resulted in a fully integrated front to back-end solution for their clinicians and financial team. Improved patient safety and access to clinical data were the primary drivers of the design and implementation.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital achieved significant outcome improvements throughout their health system, which include 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.

Learn more about how Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has achieved excellence with health IT by exploring their three use cases on decreased blood transfusion error rates, asthma home management plan of care and reducing CAUTI’s.

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.