Leveraging EMRs for Healthier Hearts

Leveraging EMRs for healthier hearts

HIMSS Value SuiteHenry Ford Health System Selected as 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

CHICAGO (December 14, 2017) – Heart disease continues to be of critical concern to healthcare providers as it remains a leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Organizations like Henry Ford Health System are taking major steps to combat heart disease by leveraging their health information and technology systems to improve heart health through internal improvement initiatives, such as their focus of venous thromboembolism (VTE).

VTE: Clinical Process Improvements

VTE, commonly known as a blood clot that starts in the vein, is the third leading vascular diagnosis in the nation – closely following heart attack and stroke. More than half of blood clots that occur after hospital discharge are linked to a recent hospitalization or surgery.

While Henry Ford’s VTE rates were above national averages, the health system sought to standardize a protocol for use in its five hospitals to further prevent incidence and improve quality.

In their internal process improvement initiative to reduce VTE incidences through their electronic medical record (EMR), the organization:

  • Developed a new VTE real-time measurement model for administering medication.
  • Developed dashboards showing VTE trends by location and patient care unit and patient data marts charting VTE prophylaxis and treatment by patients and flagging patients who missed or refused prophylaxis.
  • Educated nurses and patients to reduce avoidable missed/refused prophylaxis.

As a result of the organization’s dedication, nurse and patient education contributed to a 50 percent reduction in avoidable missed/refused prophylaxis and quarterly VTE incidence. Collectively, the VTE process improvement contributed to a cost savings of nearly $3 million annually.

HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence

HIMSS is proud to recognize Henry Ford Health 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 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 Davies Award of Excellence is a distinct accolade in health information technology and we are extremely honored and proud to have been selected,” said Michelle Schreiber, MD, senior vice president and chief quality officer at Henry Ford. “This recognition is a reflection of the everyday efforts undertaken by our team members across the organization to advance patient quality, safety and experience through the effective use of technology.”

“Henry Ford Health System successfully leverages health information and technology to generate significant cost savings and improved revenue cycle management,” said Jonathan French, senior director of Quality and Patient Safety at HIMSS. “While information and technology is critical to sustaining the financial health of the organization, Henry Ford has established an enterprise-wide strategy for using information and technology that has also significantly improved patient outcomes. HIMSS is proud to recognize Henry Ford Health System as a 2017 Davies Award recipient.”

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Updated July 13, 2018