Category: News & Events
October 26 2015
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 At the University of Missouri, we don’t want to just be good at delivering care – we want to be iconic for delivering care. Through our partnership with Cerner, we want to raise the stature of the organization so that we’re one of the leaders. Earning a HIMSS Davies Award is no small task. Receiving this award validates our emphasis on using and developing information technology solutions to maximize patient care.

- Bryan Bliven, VP, Tiger Institute for Health Innovation

At University of Missouri Health Care, we know that better health is a journey in which technology plays a bigger role than it ever has before. I’m proud that MU Health Care recently received the global HIMSS Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for health care technology innovations that are improving patient outcomes. The program is only open to HIMSS EMR Adoption Model Stage 6 or Stage 7 organizations. 

In partnership with the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, we used the Cerner Millennium EHR to innovate care delivery across MU Health Care’s five hospitals and 57 clinics. We submitted four case studies to demonstrate a robust use of information technology to improve patient care:

Case Study No. 1 demonstrated a return on investment throughout MU Health Care operations, such as medication administration, population health management and emergency department efficiency.

Case Study No. 2 demonstrated a 25 percent reduction in the number of catheter-associated urinary tract infections at MU Health Care.

Case Study No. 3 involved health information technology to improve communications, minimize delays and streamline the process for operating room starting procedures.

Case Study No. 4 demonstrated that data captured by various medical devices was accurately and efficiently integrated into a patient’s electronic medical record.

MU Health Care is also a pioneer participant in OpenNotes and provides patient access to clinical notes through our patient portal. We’re committed to using technology to inform and transform how we care for our patients.

And, our integrated medical devices provide real-time data flow to the EHR. The availability of patient data generates annual time savings of over 36,500 hours, which gives providers more time with their patients. The operating room is also significantly more efficient. At University Hospital, 77 percent of the surgical procedures scheduled first in the day start on time — up from 21 percent in 2009. Annual surgical volumes increased by more than 18 percent in the same period, thanks to improved communications before, during and after procedures.

Over the past year, MU Health Care hit several other milestones. We became the first academic medical center (and the ninth health system in the country) to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2, were among the top 12 academic winners of the University HealthSystem Consortium Quality Leadership Award, earned our fifth consecutive Most Wired Award from the American Hospital Association, and were recently named a Most Connected Hospital by U.S. News and World Report.

The Davies Award is the highest level of EHR achievement that HIMSS offers, and we’re honored to receive it. We’re even more proud, however, of the reasons we won it: we’ve improved quality and outcomes for the patients we serve.