The Wright Center lands HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award

'The patients' care outcomes trend well above regional averages'
By Jessica Davis
03:50 PM
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The Wright Center in northeastern Pennsylvania has been named a 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award recipient.

The graduate medical education consortium and primary-care practice is being recognized for outstanding achievement in health information technology to improve patient outcomes.

Established in 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence was designed to recognize effective use of health information technology, awarding inpatient and outpatient facilities that use IT to deliver better care while achieving return on investment.

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"We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award and will continue to invest in technology," said Jignesh Sheth, MD, senior vice president for mission accountability at The Wright Center, in a press statement.

"Our health IT platforms are structured, so we can utilize shared metrics, track improvements in clinical outcomes for our patients and provide transparent and innovative learning environments for our residents," he added.

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The Wright Center is being specifically acknowledged for the health IT efforts of its Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residency program. Their team developed and implemented accountability programs to improve population health, through workflow documents, IT innovations and resident and provider suggestions.

"As a residency training program, The Wright Center faced the unique challenge of providing continuous care for patients while allowing flexibility for residents to train within a variety of learning environments at varying times," said Jonathan French, director of quality and patient safety at HIMSS North America.

"As result of The Wright Center's innovative practices and expectations, the patients' care outcomes trend well above regional averages," he added.

The successes of the Wright Center have been showcased in three case studies, demonstrating the importance of focusing on population health, workflow standardization and the use of IT databases to track the processes.