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Childrens National Health System

CHIME-AHA honors hospital for ‘transformational leadership’ in health IT

Sometimes it pays to be ambitious.

Two national healthcare organizations have recognized Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. for “developing and deploying transformational information technology” that improves and streamlines care.

Brian Jacobs, MD, chief medical information officer and chief information officer (CIO), accepted the award at the CHIME Fall 2015 CIO Forum on Oct. 16 in Orlando, Fla.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) sponsor the Transformational Leadership Award, which is given annually to the winning organization’s CIO and CEO.

In large part, this year’s award recognizes the work of the Bear Institute, a seven-year collaboration between Children’s National and Cerner. Dr. Jacobs is the principal architect and guiding force behind the institute, one of the first pediatric organizations in the nation to focus on informatics.

“We have big ambitions,” said Dr. Jacobs, who is also a vice president at Children’s National.

Much of the first two years of the Bear Institute focused on completing the conversion of paper-based essential health data to digital data, thus ensuring that this important information is available for everyone’s use. “But really the fun starts after that,” Dr. Jacobs said, “when you start to look for opportunities to improve.”

Here are just a few examples of the value that the Bear Institute has helped bring to Children’s National:

Quality and Safety

Researchers at the Bear Institute have found that posting real-time patient data on the highly visible digital “Quality Boards” in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) significantly helped clinicians comply with quality and safety measures. A peer-reviewed study, published in the Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Patient Safety, found that the use of Quality Boards was associated with an 11 percent reduction in urinary catheter duration, a decrease in urinary tract infection rate, and a 49 percent improvement in the time from admission to obtaining treatment consent. In addition, medication reconciliation improved by 13 percent.

Operational Excellence

Another improvement has come with the implementation of technology that helps nurses document the exact stop time of infusions. After implementation in the hospital’s observation department in April 2015, revenue from infusion services has increased 440 percent from $123,000 to $542,000 in June 2015.

Patient and Family Engagement

The Bear Institute Innovation Team has created a patient engagement application, MyBearGuide, for both iOS (Apple) and Android phones. The application features wayfinding technology to provide step-by-step navigation for finding appointments and clinics on the main campus along with other features, such as emergency department waiting times.

“We are honored to receive this award for Dr. Jacobs’ dedication to building a premier IT system and for the great impact the Bear Institute has had on the way we approach and deliver patient care,” CEO Kurt Newman, MD, said in a press release. “We want to be the place that does the right thing for children all the time, and our work with the Bear Institute helps us fulfill this mission.”

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