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HMC Receives HIMSS Davies Award

October 6, 2015, 10:51 AM HST
* Updated October 6, 12:48 PM
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The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, a global organization focused on better health through information technology for developing a proven health information technology system, recently recognized Hilo Medical Center for its development of a proven health information technology system.

HIMSS selected HMC as the first “safety net” hospital to receive its prestigious Enterprise Davies Award. The hospital is one of 39 that have received the award since 1994.

On Oct. 2, Governor David Ige presented a proclamation congratulating Hilo Medical Center on receiving the Davies Award.

“Our employees, physicians and board members are committed to delivering high quality patient centered care to East Hawai’i,” said Dan Brinkman, East Hawai’i Regional CEO of HHSC. “As early adopters of health information technology, we have successfully integrated our electronic health record system into our daily operations, giving us valuable analytical data and also strengthening systems to ensure patient safety, quality of care and fiscal performance. Hilo Medical Center’s in-house team championed our technology transformation and their dedication has resulted in national excellence.”

The multi-year implementation of MEDITECH 6.0x electronic health record system was invested in by the East Hawai’i Regional Board and Hilo Medical Center executive team. The system is used to improve patient outcomes and support the efforts of doctors and nurses at the hospital.

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In addition, the leadership also invested in MEDITECH’s financial and cost accounting systems in order to improve financial performance.

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The HIMSS Davie Awards program promotes electronic health record-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing of case studies and lessons learned across a wide range of efforts, including implementation strategies, workflow design, and best practice development to improve financial and care outcomes.

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