Hawaii Pacific Health Receives National Award for Health Information Technology

Hawaii Pacific Health is only the second two-time winner of the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award since the program’s inception 03/08/2017

Photo of Hawaii Pacific Health Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Steve Robertson (second from left) and Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer Melinda Ashton, MD (second from right)

Hawaii Pacific Health (HPH), one of the largest health care providers in Hawaii, was recently named a recipient of the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in health information technology (IT). HPH is only the second two-time winner of the Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence since the program’s inception.

Representatives from Hawaii Pacific Health were recognized and accepted the award at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition held February 19-23, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.

Pictured in the photo above are Hawaii Pacific Health Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Steve Robertson (second from left) and Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer Melinda Ashton, MD (second from right), who accepted the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award on behalf of Hawaii Pacific Health at the 2017 HIMSS Conference. Presenting the award and also pictured are HIMSS North America Board Chair and Sparrow Health System Chief Medical Information Officer Michael H. Zaroukian, MD (far right), and HIMSS North America Board Vice Chair and The MITRE Corporation Principal Advisor Elizabeth Casey Halley, RN (far left).

Established in 1994, the Davies Awards program promotes electronic health record-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing of case studies and lessons learned across a wide range of efforts, including implementation strategies, workflow design, best practice development and adherence, as well as engagement that has improved care outcomes for patients.

“Substantially improving patient outcomes through health IT is only possible with a special kind of teamwork and trust between physicians, clinical staff and administration,” said Steve Robertson, HPH executive vice president and chief information officer. “To win this honor a second time in five years is humbling, but it does validate how powerful these partnerships are in transforming patient care and creating a healthier Hawaii.”

HPH submitted three case studies demonstrating how they have leveraged health IT to improve patient and business outcomes:

  • Improving outcomes for diabetic patients – HPH significantly reduced length of stay for diabetic patients through the implementation of a computer-directed insulin dosing system, the development of electronic health record order sets to support basal-bolus subcutaneous insulin dosing, and wireless glucometer integration.
  • Improving outcomes for sepsis patients – HPH developed a series of order sets and alerts using the best practices algorithms from the High Value Healthcare Collaborative. As a result, the length of stay for all sepsis patients improved from 11.32 days in 2012 to 9.74 days in 2016. Raw mortality for all sepsis patients decreased from 13.75 percent in 2012 to 9.89 percent in 2016. These improvements saved 275 lives over two years.
  • Improving population health management – HPH created a data warehouse, integrated ancillary technology to its electronic health records, and utilized electronic health records functionality to drive metrics, engage patients and improve population health management. These interventions resulted in a 20 percent increase of attributed lives with no net primary care physician additions, improvement of ambulatory quality metrics to the 90th percentile nationally, and a reduction in medical cost trends.

For more information about the award, visit the HIMSS website.



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