Trans­form­ing health­care

This year’s win­ners rec­og­nize key roles for IT

Modern Healthcare - - CEO IT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS -

As health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ues to ad­vance the qual­ity of pa­tient care and pa­tient out­comes, I am pleased to rec­og­nize the win­ners of the 2013 Mod­ern Health­care CEO IT Achieve­ment Awards, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Health­care In­for­ma­tion and Man­age­ment Sys­tems So­ci­ety.

This year’s award re­cip­i­ents, John Blu­ford, pres­i­dent and CEO of Tru­man Med­i­cal Cen­ters, Kansas City, Mo., and Dr. Naren­dra Kini, pres­i­dent and CEO of Mi­ami Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent types of health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions and dif­fer­ent parts of the U.S. Yet, as ev­i­denced by Blu­ford, who leads a mul­ti­hos­pi­tal med­i­cal cen­ter in the Mid­west, and Kini at the helm of a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal in one of the Gulf states, both un­der­stand the value of and need for in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy to be a strate­gic force within their re­spec­tive or­ga­ni­za­tions.

In ad­di­tion, Tru­man Med­i­cal Cen­ters is a Stage 7 Award re­cip­i­ent, a recog­ni­tion given by HIMSS An­a­lyt­ics that tracks the adop­tion of elec­tronic med­i­cal-record ap­pli­ca­tions within hos­pi­tals and health sys­tems across the U.S., as mea­sured by our EMR Adop­tion Model. Stage 7 is the high­est level of achieve­ment where hos­pi­tals op­er­ate in pa­per­less en­vi­ron­ment.

Through lead­ers such as Blu­ford and Kini, the trans­for­ma­tion of U.S. health and health­care con­tin­ues, with IT as the pri­mary en­abler, but at a more rapid pace since 2011, through pro­vi­sions of the Amer­i­can Re­cov­ery and Rein­vest­ment Act of 2009. HIMSS An­a­lyt­ics re­search sup­ports this trend, show­ing a 63% in­crease since 2011 in the num­ber of hos­pi­tals achiev­ing Stage 7 on the adop­tion model, op­er­at­ing in a pa­per­less en­vi­ron­ment with so­phis­ti­cated health IT in place.

From my per­spec­tive, com­par­ing this time last year to now, I be­lieve we are mak­ing ef­fec­tive progress through the com­mit­ment of clin­i­cians, care­givers, health IT pro­fes­sion­als and oth­ers who have ded­i­cated their ca­reers to im­prov­ing the Amer­i­can health­care sys­tem. For ex­am­ple, HHS re­ports EHR adop­tion has tripled since 2010, in­creas­ing to 44% in 2012. And com­put­er­ized physi­cian or­der en­try has more than dou­bled, a 168% in­crease since 2008.

World­wide, more than 500,000 peo­ple ev­ery year reach out to HIMSS for ed­u­ca­tion, tools and re­sources they need to trans­form health­care. Thus, our con­tin­u­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mod­ern Health­care for this award pro­vides valu­able in­sights, from th­ese CEOs and their or­ga­ni­za­tions, on how and why health IT of­fers strate­gic and ac­tion­able value to qual­ity pa­tient care.

All of us at HIMSS con­grat­u­late Blu­ford and Kini for this achieve­ment.

H. Stephen Lieber Pres­i­dent and CEO of

the Health­care In­for­ma­tion and Man­age­ment Sys­tems


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