Miami Children's wins HIMSS Davies award for reducing hospital-acquired infections

The system instituted care management and clinical decision support tools to reduce readmissions of patients with asthma.
By Tom Sullivan
10:14 AM
Miami Children’ HIMSS Davies award

Miami Children’s Health System became the first hospital in Florida to receive the 2017 HIMSS Davies Award.

Nicklaus Children’s, which is the flagship hospital of the Miami Children’s system, embarked on an enterprise-wide EHR rollout in 2012 to both improve patient safety and give clinicians more access to information.

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In that process, the hospital implemented barcoding technology that helped reduce blood transfusion error rates to zero. Nicklaus Children’s also cut catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 57 percent via best practices. And it slashed asthma readmission rates 26 percent by adhering more to home care plans.

Miami Children’s CIO Ed Martinez said the award is a testament to the health system’s recognition that IT plays a critical role in improving care delivery.

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“MCHC leverages clinical decision support and care management tools to improve kids’ management of asthma and keep them out of the hospital,” said Jonathan French, Director of the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence Program. “MCHS has significantly reduced the risk of hospital-acquired infections through EHR-enabled standardized care.”

Miami Children’s Health System will be recognized at the HIMSS18 Awards Gala taking place on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Las Vegas.

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