Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is a 2016 winner of the HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award. For over 20 years, CHOC has been committed to providing the highest quality medical care to children. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional pediatric healthcare network includes a state-of-the-art 279-bed main hospital facility in the City of Orange, and a hospital-within-a-hospital in Mission Viejo.
CHOC also offers many primary and specialty care clinics, more than 100 additional programs and services, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.
CHOC received the award from HIMSS based on four case studies that detailed how the use of health information technology and standardized clinical processes have improved patient care and the bottom line. The case studies included:
- Through education, a standardized care bundle, and EHR-enabled best practice guidance to minimize urinary catheter use and duration, CHOC significantly reduced catheter associated infections and urinary catheter use.
- Since the implementation of the revised evidence-based guideline and order set and portal-enabled home management plan care documentation for asthma, CHOC drove down the average length of stay for asthma patients from 2.14 days to 1.72 days. Asthma readmissions within 30 days also fell from an average of 1.7 per quarter to 0.7 per quarter.
- CHOC implemented an EHR-enabled Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) to trigger a rapid response team for rapidly deteriorating patients. As result, some 369 children have avoided resuscitation, with potentially as many lives saved.
- CHOC implemented centralized breastmilk preparation including barcoding to effectively eliminate feedings of the wrong breastmilk. Efficiencies associated with the centralized processes for breast milk preparation resulted in annual savings of approximately $30,000.