Innovating Self-Care through Health Information and Technology Systems

Pictured above: Parkland nurse showing a patient how to use the guided imagery for tranquilly feature of a footwall.

Parkland Health & Hospital System Selected as 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient

CHICAGO (November 14, 2017) – Parkland Health & Hospital System has come a long way from the dilapidated clapboard building it once was. Throughout its evolution from a six-decade-old structure into a 2.1 million square foot facility (one of the largest healthcare projects in the country) that opened in 2015, Parkland has rapidly evolved in their demonstration of excellence in care delivery, through their use of health information and technology systems to improve patient outcomes.

Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) Care Initiative

Always seeking opportunities to improve care delivery, the Parkland Health team implemented the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) program to allow patients access to antibiotic therapy and treatment in the comfort of their own home. This approach helps patients and providers avoid the inconveniences, complications, and expenses of hospitalization with such innovations now available in health information and technology systems.

The goal of the program was to empower Parkland Health patients to actively participate in their own care and equip them with the knowledge needed to do so. One of these patients, Tim O., completed his own therapy from home and felt highly satisfied by the outcome of his treatment.

“If you take control of your care and your body, and you have doctors who are there and will help you at every step, you can do it,” said Tim, following his positive experience as a participant in the OPAT program.

Pictured above from top left to bottom right: Brett Moran, Vishnu Sharma, Matthew Kull, Joseph Longo, Fred Cerise, Norman Mang, Peng Lee, Judy Herrington, Kavita Bhavan, Celeste Johnson, and Kimberly Roaten.

HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence

HIMSS is proud to recognize Parkland Health & Hospital System for their achievement of the 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award.

The HIMSS Davies Award recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health information and technology to substantially improve patient outcomes and value. The Davies Awards program promotes health information and technology-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing case studies and lessons learned on implementation strategies, workflow design, best practice adherence, and patient engagement.

“Technology is a key component to delivering safe, high quality care to patients in the United States,” stated Fred Cerise, president and chief executive officer at Parkland Health. “I am proud of the collaboration Parkland’s IT staff and clinical informatics group have created with our clinical and administrative leaders to improve outcomes and service in a way that puts patients at the center of everything we do. Their work keeps people healthy in North Texas and beyond. I also appreciate HIMSS’s commitment to recognizing outstanding contributions in the vital field of health information and technology.”

“As a public health hospital serving the medically underserved population of the Dallas Metroplex, Parkland Health faces unique population health challenges,” said Jonathan French, CPHIMSS, senior director of quality and patient safety at HIMSS. “Parkland uses unique health information and technology approaches to ensure improved care plan adherence and outcomes and keep patients out of the hospital. HIMSS is proud to recognize Parkland Health and Hospital System as a 2017 Davies Enterprise Award recipient.

Parkland Health & Hospital System 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 Parkland Health & Hospital System has achieved excellence with health information and technology by exploring their use cases.


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