UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as one of the “Most Connected Hospitals” for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. News list recognizes hospitals whose excellence in patient safety, patient engagement and clinical connectedness improves patient care. The distinction was given to only 159 hospitals around the country, including just 10 in California.
Based on information developed from the American Hospital Association’s annual IT survey, UC Davis Medical Center and the other Most Connected Hospitals demonstrated the capability to share data with providers within and outside their walls, improve patient safety through computerization and engage patients in their own care by providing secure electronic access to their individual medical information.
To be considered for recognition, hospitals also had to have achieved national ranking in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals or Best Children's Hospitals, or earned the designation of "high-performing" in one or more medical specialties. This year, the medical center was again ranked by U. S. News as one of the nation’s best hospitals in 10 adult medical specialties. The publication also ranked UC Davis Children’s Hospital among the nation’s best in five pediatric specialties.
“The ‘Most Connected’ hospital designation is another positive reflection of the strategies used at UC Davis and culture in which new technologies and practices are used complement the organization’s goal of providing the very best in patient care,” said Michael Minear, UC Davis Health System’s chief information officer. “Early on, UC Davis embraced the use of modern electronic health records to support clinical care, research and quality care improvements. That strategic decision has enabled the medical center to establish a fully deployed EHR that integrates patient data across the continuum of care, improves efficiencies in clinical workflows, drives evidence-based best practices into clinical workflow and treatment, and allows UC Davis clinicians to share important data with other health providers.”
This is the third time UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized by US News as a “Most Connected” hospital. It follows other prestigious honors for IT advances, including “Most Wired” designation from Hospitals & Health Networks earlier this year. In 2013, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) honored UC Davis with its Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence for distinction in the use of electronic health records (EHR) and associated technologies to improve clinical quality and cost efficiency. In 2012, it achieved Stage 7 status in the EHR adoption model from HIMSS Analytics, which was an independent assessment of how well UC Davis leveraged its clinical technology. At the current time, there are only 3.7 percent of the 5,400 American hospitals who have achieved Stage 7.
With its fully deployed EHR system to support a full range of clinical care across the continuum of care, UC Davis has been able to launch a number of innovative quality-improvement programs. To tackle sepsis, a serious complication from infection that requires hospitalization, a multi-disciplinary medical center team created a clinical workflow and changes in the electronic health records system that provided online evidence-based best practices that gave clinicians more immediate information and enabled them to better control infections. UC Davis clinicians and staff are leading many other clinical quality improvement projects across the continuum of care.
Technology investments that are reflected in honors such as “Most Connected,” “Most Wired” and the HIMSS Davies award have also enhanced revenues and reduced costs for the medical center. UC Davis has documented over $181 million dollars in hard-dollar savings from using the electronic health record over the past twelve years.
“UC Davis is very focused on improving clinical outcomes and the quality of the care provided,” added Minear. “Clinicians have leveraged the EHR to significantly decrease severe sepsis mortality rates over the past few years as well as reduce adult ICU ventilator-associate pneumonia rates and adult ICU central line bloodstream infection rates. New technology has helped us attain other key clinical goals, which has meant improved quality of care and helped us positively address the costs of care.”