Hawaii Pacific Health Receives 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Based in Part on Success With Glytec’s eGMS®

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Hawaii Pacific Health Receives 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Based in Part on Success With Glytec’s eGMS®

Our client, Hawaii Pacific Health, was named a HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient based in part on its success implementing Glytec’s eGlycemic Management System® to support computer-based insulin dosing and a new hypoglycemia protocol.

One of the largest healthcare providers in Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific Health, was named a 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient, making it the only the second two-time winner of the award since the inception of the program.

Hawaii Pacific operates four medical centers and 70 outpatient clinics across the state, while integrating women’s health, pediatric care, cardiovascular services, cancer care and bone and joint services initiatives.

Established in 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement in organizations leveraging health information technology to improve patient outcomes and achieve a return on investment.

Hawaii Pacific demonstrated its health IT successes in three ways:

  • It implemented a computer-directed insulin dosing system, development of EHR order sets for insulin dosing and wireless glucometer integration, which significantly reduced the hospital stay for diabetic patients.
  • The length of stay for all sepsis patients was reduced by about two days and saved 275 over two years, through the development of a series of order sets and alerts that used best practice algorithms.
  • The creation of a data warehouse, integration of ancillary technology to its EHR functionality to drive metrics, engage patients and improved population health management, significantly improved ambulatory patient outcomes and generated $6 million in revenue.

“As a two-time Davies Award winner, HPH clearly exemplifies how collaborative teamwork, effective planning and use of health IT, and modified clinical process changes when warranted, can result in sustainable improvements in patient outcomes,” Janis Curtis, chair of the HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award Committee, said in a statement.

“Substantially improving patient outcomes through health IT is only possible with a special kind of teamwork and trust between physicians, clinical staff and administration,” Steve Robertson, executive vice president, chief information officer of Hawaii Pacific Health said in a statement. “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.”

As summarized by HIMSS:

2016 Davies Awardee Hawaii Pacific Health (HPH), a not-for-profit health system of hospitals, clinics, physicians, and care providers devoted to improving the health of the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Region is the second organization to be awarded the Davies twice. HPH was first awarded a Davies in 2012 for bringing technology and teamwork together in some innovative ways to transform healthcare in Hawaii and have again utilized information technology and teamwork.

Hawaii Pacific Health continues to focus on areas to reduce length of stay and also identify reduction in surgical complications subsequently implementing EMR order sets to support best practices. Given that poorly managed blood glucose is a known as a contributing factor in both areas, HPH identified this clinical area as needing evaluation. They eventually developed a system-wide hypoglycemia management protocol, achieved wireless glucometer integration and provided staff and physicians with training. After the adoption of the computer-directed insulin dosing system (CDIDS), utilization increased to greater than 90% of titratable IV insulin infusions.

The results were better glucose control with computer-directed insulin dosing system versus usual care. 39.8% of all glucose values in the ICU setting were above the recommended limit (glucose 180 mg/dl) with usual care. With computer-directed insulin dosing system for intravenous insulin, the hyperglycemia rate was much lower representing just 16.6% of all glucose values.

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