Maximizing Quality Measure Opportunities Maximizes Patient Outcomes

Nebraska Medicine Selected as 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient


CHICAGO (December 13, 2017) – At Nebraska Medicine, focusing on patient safety, quality and improved outcomes are at the center of the organization’s core values. Empowered by a vision to become the organization of choice for comprehensive care in their region, Nebraska Medicine is utilizing the technology available within their electronic health record (EHR) to improve the overall health of patients.

Focusing on Quality Measures to Improve Patient Outcomes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently identified specific quality measures as part of its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). In an effort to ensure continued best practices for their patients, the details of some of these quality measures, such as cancer and other disease screenings, were created as decision support tools within Nebraska Medicine’s EHR. These tools ensured that ambulatory staff and physicians were reminded of each patient’s outstanding quality measure opportunities and were able to complete the appropriate follow-up actions and documentation all in one location.

In the two years following implementation, Nebraska Medicine care teams improved completion rates in all twelve of the quality measures, with the greatest improvements in colorectal cancer screening. One Nebraska Medicine patient visited a specialty clinic due to knee pain, but as a result of the updated process in the electronic heath record (EHR), the provider was alerted that his patient was due for a colonoscopy, among other preventive screenings.

The patient went to his primary care physician based on this recommendation and was again reminded of his need for preventative screenings due to these alerts. The results of the colonoscopy ordered because of these interactions revealed early stage colon cancer, but the disease was caught while treatable and the patient was able to make a full recovery.

While it is estimated the increased colonoscopy rate will save millions of healthcare dollars, for this patient and others like him, the value of increased quality measure completion is priceless.

HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence

HIMSS is proud to recognize Nebraska Medicine for their achievement of the 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award.

Back Row (L to R): Brian Lancaster, Michael Ash, Tammy Winterboer, Nicole Turille, Lynn Borstelmann Front Row (L to R): Julie Fedderson, Micah Beachy, Charlotte Brewer, Tanvir Hussain

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.

“Technology is enabling us to provide better care for our patients and ensure that we are providing the highest-quality, most cost-effective health care.” said Michael Ash, MD, chief transformation officer at Nebraska Medicine. “Implementing innovative processes to keep our community healthy requires unwavering commitment and teamwork from providers and clinical staff along with quality and information technology departments. I’m proud of the progress Nebraska Medicine is making and appreciate HIMSS for highlighting advancements in technology that are improving health care across the industry.”

“Nebraska Medicine has established an enterprise-wide methodology for using analytics to drive improved patient outcomes,” said Jonathan French, senior director of Quality and Patient Safety Initiatives at HIMSS. “This methodology, information, and technology drives evidence-based decision-making that has improved ambulatory care and enhanced patient safety and quality in the acute care space. HIMSS is proud to recognize Nebraska Medicine as a 2017 Davies Award of Excellence recipient.”


Nebraska Medicine 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 Nebraska Medicine has achieved excellence with health IT by listening to their use cases.


About Nebraska Medicine

Nebraska Medicine leads the world in transforming lives to create a healthy future through extraordinary care, discovery and learning. The most esteemed academic medical center in the region, Nebraska Medicine offers exceptional patient care combined with innovative research and education through its partner, the University of Nebraska Medical Center. This organization provides its patients with access to more than 1,000 physicians, 809 licensed hospital beds in Omaha and Bellevue, and nearly 40 specialty and primary care clinics in Omaha and the surrounding area.

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