Cincinnati Children's wins the Davies Award

By Bernie Monegain
12:00 AM

While many hospitals continue to rely on paper records as their IT teams explore the complexities of going electronic, Cincinnati Children's Medical Center already has made the switch.

CCHMC, which has 383 beds and about 7,200 employees, has been recognized as a leader in patient care, research and medical education. At the 2004 HIMSS Annual Conference, it is being recognized for its leadership on the IT front with a Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence at HIMSS' awards banquet on Feb. 24.

Over nine months, from April to December 2002, Cincinnati Children's implemented a clinical information system in all inpatient units except hematology and oncology; those units converted to electronic records in December 2003.

Since then, the medical center has recorded a 35 percent reduction in medication errors and a drop of 52 percent in the time between when medicines are ordered and when they are administered to patients.

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"Cincinnati Children's has taken computerized patient record systems to new dimensions of influence, usage and effectiveness,' said Asif Ahmad, chairman of HIMSS' Davies Award committee and vice president and CIO at Duke University Health System, Durham, NC.

The system at Cincinnati Children's is called the Integrating Clinical Information System, or ICIS, which refers to the entire clinical information system. Central to ICIS, and the major reason for earning the Davies Award, are clinical order entry (COE) and clinical documentation components.

Brian Jacobs, MD, the project director of clinical order entry, credits the successful rollout and use of the system to strong cooperation between physicians and nurses, and the multi-disciplinary implementation team.

"To succeed, ensure that the project is clinician-driven, and that doctors, nurses and ancillary healthcare providers have significant input into the design and implementation of the system," Jacobs said.

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