Memorial Hermann is a 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient and serves as an outstanding example of an organization that has successfully utilized health IT systems to improve patient outcomes significantly. Over the years, Memorial Hermann has rolled out several key initiatives that rely on data and IT interventions to create a high-reliability culture at the bedside.
Memorial Hermann is using data to prevent ventilator-acquired pneumonia (VAP). They’ve also created documentation bundles aimed at driving best practices to prevent central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs), and optimized clinical decision support (CDS) tools to identify ‘good catches’ and change the course of therapy for patients. The organization has seen incredible results from utilizing proper data automation to decrease infections amongst their patient population.
Memorial Hermann is the largest not-for-profit health system in South east Texas, with 15 hospitals and numerous specialty programs and services located throughout the Greater Houston area. Memorial Hermann has been recognized as a national and regional leader in quality care.
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With Memorial Hermann’s VAP Bundle upgrade, the EHR was better-equipped to utilize data to drive decisions. Memorial Hermann has maintained a VAP rate at a very low level from where they started 11 years ago. The impact for VAP Bundle at Memorial Hermann has been estimated to save over 100 lives and avoid a cost of over $48 million.
Memorial Hermann’s CLABSI rates experienced downward trend with occasional spikes from 2006 to 2017. They issued 25 “High Reliability Certified Zero Awards” for CLABSI Prevention. The cost avoidance for Memorial Hermann in Calendar Year 2015 and 2016 amounts to $44 million and infection avoidance of 984.