HIMSS selects four ambulatory care Davies finalists
The Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has announced four finalists for its HIMSS Ambulatory Care Davies Awards.

Ambulatory Care Davies applicants are independent, physician-owned (not hospital-owned) practices that have leveraged technology to drive patient-centered care and derive value, the Chicago-based organization stated. The four finalists are:

Community Care Physicians, of Latham, N.Y.—By deploying an EHR implementation, this 200-provider multi-specialty group practice has experienced lower costs associated with routine tasks and transcription and has recaptured space once filled with paper charts. Community Care has been contributing data to its Regional Health Information Organization for 18 months as one of the founding board members of Health Information eXchange New York. The practice also has developed an interface that can automatically input data to state-mandated registries.

Fallon Clinic, of Worcester, Mass.—This physician-owned and run nonprofit multispecialty group practice includes 357 providers representing 30 specialties located in 23 sites throughout central Massachusetts. Through a carefully planned and broadly inclusive needs assessment, vendor selection and implementation and optimization of its EHR, Fallon Clinic was able to achieve measurable improvements in quality, safety, efficiency and satisfaction with healthcare delivery.

James F. Holsinger, MD, FC, of Keokuk, Iowa—Holsinger has 1,400 active patients and is the first fully automated clinic in the area. The practice has implemented, and uses in its day-to-day operation, nearly every EHR function and interface available, according to HIMSS. Holsinger has participated in Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and e-prescribing incentives.

Women’s Health Advantage (WHA), of Fort Wayne, Ind.—The OB-GYN practice serves a population of approximately 1 million people, with three full-time offices in Fort Wayne and four clinics in outlying communities. One cited improvement in patient care focused on the practice’s EHR tasking system with most wait time eliminated allowing the phone nurses to lower patient on-hold time by 24 percent while handling 44 percent more calls—all with one less phone nurse.

HIMSS has honored 21 ambulatory care practices or clinics since introducing this Davies Award category in 2003. Up to four winners will be announced in September, according to HIMSS.