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Identify Mental and Physical Health Issues in One Visit with Integrated EMR

CHICAGO (October 16, 2017) – In expediting the benefits of their integrated electronic health record (EHR) systems, Unity Health Care vastly improved patient outcomes across their diverse patient population.

Many of Unity Health Care’s locations offer services to homeless women and men across the District to support population health for all—regardless of a person’s financial status, for instance.

The HIMSS Davies Award recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes and value.

Such was the case with a 62-year-old homeless patient, who we’ll call Wilbur. Wilbur arrived at a Unity Health Care facility with both hypertension and degenerative disc disease. Wilbur was also unemployed and indigent, factors perhaps directly linked with his poor health conditions.

During consultation with Unity Health Care staff, Wilbur received a full health screening which detected both physical and mental health issues in dire need of treatment. Staff discovered Wilbur suffered from feelings of anxiousness, frustration, and limited activities due to pain and other health-related issues. He began working with a mental health clinician who met monthly with him. This provider coached him in pain management and encouraged him to participate in more activities that would benefit his overall health, both mentally and physically.

“We strive to find innovative uses of health information technology to improve the lives of our patients. Effective use of technology works in the best interest of our patients and helps us gain business efficiencies, become data driven and improve quality of care,” stated Angela Diop, vice president of information at Unity Health Care.

HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence

HIMSS is proud to recognize Unity Health Care for their achievement of the 2017 HIMSS Community Health Davies Award. 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.

“Unity Health Care has aligned the use of technology with a dedicated staff and quality-driven culture to improvement in patient engagement and positive health outcomes for the underserved patients of our nation’s capital,” said Jonathan French, CPHIMS, senior director, quality and patient safety, and director, Davies Award of Excellence Program, HIMSS. “HIMSS congratulates the team members of Unity Health Care on being selected as a 2017 recipient of the HIMSS Community Health Davies Award.”

HIMSS will recognize Unity Health Care at the HIMSS18 Awards Gala at the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Tickets are available through the conference registration form. Register for HIMSS18 here.

 

Learn more about how Unity Health Care has achieved excellence with health IT by listening to their use cases.

 

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