HIMSS Davies winners named

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The six winners of the 2011 HIMSS Davies Awards deliver quality and care to the patients and populations they serve with IT—specifically with an EHR. The healthcare organizations and providers, winners of the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, appear in the four award categories: organizational, ambulatory, community health organization and public health.

HIMSS Organizational Davies Award – Kaiser Permanente: Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser is a nonprofit health plan, serving more than 8.8 million members with its 36 hospitals and 454 medical offices and more than 15,000 physicians in all specialties.

“Congratulations to Kaiser Permanente, the winner of the 2011 Davies Organization Award, for achieving the goals of safer, high quality and patient-centered care. The innovative, comprehensive and consistent use of IT across the Kaiser healthcare system represents a new standard all of us will strive to achieve,” said C. Eric Hartz, MD, chair of the HIMSS Organizational Davies Award committee and CMIO at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award: With quality patient care at the forefront of their achievements, the two winners in the ambulatory category are:

  • Fallon Clinic in Worcester, Mass., is physician-owned and runs a nonprofit multispecialty group practice with 357 providers representing 30 specialties located in 23 sites throughout Central Massachusetts. With a thorough needs assessment, vendor selection and EHR implementation, Fallon Clinic achieved measurable improvements in the quality, safety, efficiency and satisfaction of healthcare delivery.
  • James F. Holsinger, MD, opened his solo family medicine practice in Keokuk, Iowa, a community of 20,000 in a county with the highest unemployment rate in Iowa. The practice started in 2003 with no patients and two part-time visiting specialists renting space in the same building. Now, Holsinger has 1,400 active patients and is the first fully automated clinic in the area. Profitable in its first 20 months, the practice implemented, and uses nearly every EHR function and interface available in its day-to-day operations.

Community Health Organization Davies Award: The HIMSS Community Health Organization Davies Award Committee selected Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare) in Peekskill, N.Y. Since its founding as the Peekskill Area Ambulatory Health Center in 1975, this healthcare organization has continued its ongoing commitment to improving the quality of care, patient experience and health outcomes for its underserved, uninsured and underinsured patient populations.

The health center’s 16 primary care sites serve 64,000 patients, with more than 275,000 annual visits, representing a diverse, low income population in rural, urban, migrant, homeless and public housing settings.

Public Health Davies Award: Recognized in Atlanta at the Public Health Informatics 2011 Conference, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two winners of the HIMSS Public Health Davies Award of Excellence join 14 past public health Davies award winners, all honored for positively impacting population health by optimizing health information technology.

The winners are:

  • Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics, Florida (ESSENCE-FL), and
  • The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Primary Care Information Project.