2015 HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence winner MU Health Care consists of five hospitals and more than 50 clinics staffed by more than 550 university physicians. MU Health Care has the only Level 1 trauma center in mid-Missouri. As an academic medical center, MU Health Care offers primary, secondary and tertiary services to central Missourians in a 25-county service area with a population of 776,861.
To reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), MU Health Care created mandatory fields in the electronic health record that require the clinician to consider and document a specific reason why each patient should receive a catheter. Coupled with a new nursing task in the EHR to discontinue the catheter if it is no longer necessary, CAUTIs decreased 25 percent from 2013 to 2014.
Using health information technology solutions to isolate problems, make process changes and minimize delays, MU Health Care improved the efficiency of operating room procedures by identifying root causes for significant delays in the start of surgical procedures. Using health IT to improve communications before, during and after surgical procedures, MU Health Care now averages 77 percent on-time O.R. first starts at University Hospital, up from 21 percent in fiscal year 2009. In addition, first-start volumes have increased by more than 18 percent across MU Health Care.