Success of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program Hinges on Integration of Health IT

The Kidney Transplant team at Cincinnati Children’s has found innovative ways to use information technology to improve patients’ adherence to medications, a significant challenge for children with transplanted kidneys.

The kidney transplant adherence program is part of the rich IT environment at Cincinnati Children’s, recently recognized with Stage 7 revalidation on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).SM

The team uses a pre-visit planning reporting tool that integrates data from multiple sources, including the EHR. It includes risk scoring, “smart” pillbox data which is created when a patient opens an electronic pillbox, and patient adherence questionnaires. With this information, the transplant team works with each patient to strategize and overcome adherence barriers.

The results have been promising:

  • 10,720 patient days between transplant rejections (previous best was 7,830 days)
  • Fewer transplant rejections
  • Estimated savings of $680,000 in hospital charges

“Children’s provided one of the most touching and impressive case studies related to pediatric kidney transplant patients.  They use their EHR to not only ensure the accuracy of care, but also, to outreach to the children and the family to ensure their patients follow the protocols,” said Philip Bradley, regional director, HIMSS Analytics, healthcare advisory services, operations.

Through leveraging the data in the EHR and tying it to care delivery, Cincinnati Children’s is both improving health outcomes for their patients and reducing the overall cost of care.

"We're proud to be among the U.S. hospitals that have been recognized for developing and managing a top-notch electronic medical records system. The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 validation affirms our continued passion for excellence,” said Michael A. Fisher, president and CEO, Cincinnati Children’s. “I’m grateful to our entire team who contributes to this effort every day, and excited about what their efforts mean to patient safety, quality care, research, and ultimately, the health of the children and families we serve.”

Cincinnati Children’s will be recognized at the 2017  HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 19-23, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the EMRAM Stage 7 Award.  

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