Kressly Pediatrics | Davies Ambulatory Award

Kressly Pediatrics is the recipient of the 2017 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award. Kressly Pediatrics, established in September of 2004, has accomplished excellence in health IT by leveraging emerging electronic health record technology, patient portals and more. Dr. Kressly came to the Doylestown area in 1990 and joined a local practice. After learning about pediatrics and the area, she created a smaller, more personalized environment where she could really get to know her patients and families.

As a start, the organization decided to expand the use of their EHR. Capitalizing on the EHR’s clinical decision support capability, they explored additional functionalities to drive further scheduling efforts, such as integrated patient message exchange systems.

Kressly Pediatrics recognized the importance closing adhering to the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, and decided to use them as a framework for maximizing patient outcomes through an internal initiative to improve wellness visit rates. In order to achieve this, the organization set internal goals to transition from reactive to proactive population health management internally.

In accomplishing this goal, Kressly Pediatrics improved overall patient care through the implementation of these updated best practices, which led to less last-minute stress in scheduling for the staff, as well as increased revenue from wellness visits.

Learn more about how Kressly Pediatrics has achieved excellence with health IT by exploring their use cases below.

Kressly realized that not all children in their practice were receiving well visits at the periodicity outlined for optimum care. Kressly leveraged existing core HIT functionality in their EHR to flag patients who were overdue for well visits. As a result, wellness visit rates rose from 66% in 2013 to 93% in 2016.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that can lead to cancer when untreated. HPV vaccination coverage lags behind coverage for the other vaccines recommended for preteens. HPV vaccine rates at Kressly pediatric were below the goal for the organization, so they worked to change from a reactive to a proactive population health management. Phase I success included an initial increase of initiation from 13% to 31% in 11-13 year-olds and 33% to 49% in 11-18 year-olds.