Unity Health Care | Davies Community Health Award

HIMSS is proud to recognize Unity Health Care for their achievement as a 2017 HIMSS Community Health Davies Award winner. As the largest network of community health centers in Washington, D.C., Unity Health Care provides a full-range of health and human services to meet the needs of our communities through a network of over 20 traditional and nontraditional health sites—and a mobile medical outreach vehicle.

The team of compassionate health professionals place Unity values into action every day to bring whole-person care and wellness to over 106,000 patients through 500,000 visits annually. Deeply rooted in the District’s neighborhoods for over 30 years, Unity strives to promote healthier communities through compassion and comprehensive primary and specialty healthcare and wrap-around services, regardless of ability to pay.

The HIMSS Davies Award recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes and value. The Davies Awards program promotes health information technology-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing case studies and lessons learned on implementation strategies, workflow design, best practice adherence, and patient engagement.

Federally Qualified Health Centers like Unity Health Care serve patients who live in poverty, lack insurance and live in underserved urban and rural areas. Learn more about how Unity Health Care has achieved excellence with health IT by listening to their use cases on depression screening and hypertension control.

Unity Health Care modified their EHR so that the Clinical Decision Support for providers will list hypertension progress notes based on JNC-8 and populate visit summary with patient education and goals. After this modification, blood pressure control improved by 9.3 percentage points and $415,000 in increased revenue from hypertension nurse visits.

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Prior to launching the depression screening project, Unity Health Care conducted three months of site visits to talk to providers about barriers and concerns about screening. Unity purchased PHQ2 and PHQ9 smart forms from their EHR vendor for depression screening. In 2016, 44% of patients aged 12 years and older were screened and if positive, a follow-up plan was documented.

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Keywords: 
Population Health, community health center, Davies Award