Goal-Directed Care Guides Positive Patient Outcomes

HIMSS recognizes Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health as a 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient

CHICAGO (September 21, 2017) – At Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford as its center, improving health outcomes for children is not only centric to the organization’s mission; it’s an everyday occurrence. The Bay Area’s largest healthcare system, dedicated to both children and expectant mothers, is a leading organization in providing nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty.

These extraordinary outcomes are exemplified by the story of a five-year-old patient, enrolled in the clinical effectiveness program at the Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. As this young patient prepared to undergo heart surgery, he and his family benefited from real-time personalized hospital goals for his care, which were posted at his bedside and explained to his parents, allowing them peace of mind as their young child underwent a complex procedure.

The patient’s post-operative course proceeded smoothly with removal of his breathing tube, transfer out of the ICU, and discharge home successfully accomplished in less than average time for his particular surgery. The patient’s parents presented a note to their care team expressing gratitude for their experience, stating, “The physicians and nurses caring for our son were, in fact, guided by the outcomes of the many patients before him. We are grateful.”

The HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence

Honoring the focus on quality patient care at Stanford Children’s Health, 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.

The Health IT Focus at Stanford Children’s Health

“This is a significant milestone for Stanford Children’s Health,” says Christopher G. Dawes, president and chief executive officer, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health. “We are honored to be recognized for our accomplishments in advancing care for children and expectant mothers, which are achieved through excellent partnerships with our clinicians and leveraging innovative health information technologies and data analytics.”

Just one example of health IT applications at Stanford Children’s Health, the clinical effectiveness program provides improved care for patients with congenital heart defects and uses a data-driven and data transparent approach. With information securely collected from electronic health records, the program informs clinicians about experiences of other patients in the recent past who have had the same heart condition, and provides data that aids physicians and nurses in providing goal-directed care. The program has resulted in a 34% decrease in post-operative length of stay, and annualized, has saved nearly 300 hospital days.

“Stanford Children’s Health has proved their dedication to positive patient outcomes through their strong commitment to setting and accomplishing goals for internal improvement, utilized through health IT systems,” said Jonathan French, CPHIMS, senior director, quality and patient safety, and director, Davies Award of Excellence Program, HIMSS. “These efforts include their work on prevention of nephrotoxic kidney injuries (AKI), medication administration safety interventions, improvements in care for congenital heart defects, and their ultimate success in the utilization of health IT systems through their clinical effectiveness program. HIMSS congratulates the team members of Stanford Children’s Health on being selected as a 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient.”

Stanford Children’s Health will be recognized at the HIMSS18 Awards Gala at Wynn Hotel Las Vegas on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Register for HIMSS18 here.


Learn more about how Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health have achieved excellence with health IT by listening to their use cases.


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