Officials from Healthcare and Information Management Systems (HIMSS) recently announced its finalists for the 2011 Ambulatory Care Davies Award of Excellence. This award is given to facilities that have implemented and utilized electronic health records (EHRs) in order to improve the quality of patient care.
New York’s Community Care Physicians is one of the award finalists. According to HIMSS officials, when this group began using health informatics tools they saw many benefits. For example, EHRs allowed the practice to decrease chart pulls, lower the costs associated with the routine tasks of paper records and take notes with more space than standard records allow.
Another finalist is Massachusetts-based Fallon Clinic. This practice performed a needs assessment, vendor selection and implementation optimization plan before launching its EHR system. Using this health informatics technology, the 23 Fallon sites in the state have experienced measurable improvements in the safety, efficiency and quality of their healthcare services.
According to HIMSS officials, the two other finalists are Iowa’s James F. Holsinger and Indiana’s Women’s Health Advantage. In order to determine the winners of the award, officials from HIMSS will visit each facility to analyze workflow and health informatics use.