Hilo Medical Center Recognized for Improved Patient Care and Fiscal Management

Named 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Winner

Hilo, Hawaii (October 5, 2015) – Hilo Medical Center has been recognized by HIMSS, a global organization focused on better health through information technology, for developing a proven health information technology system. 

The East Hawaii Regional Board and Hilo Medical Center executive team invested in the multi-year implementation of MEDITECH 6.0x electronic health record system to improve patient outcomes and support the efforts of doctors and nurses. The leadership also invested in MEDITECH’s financial and cost accounting systems in order to improve financial performance. In light of the Region’s proven achievements, Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) selected Hilo Medical Center as the first “safety net” hospital to receive its prestigious Enterprise Davies Award. Hilo Medical Center stands as one of only 39 hospitals to have received this awarded since 1994.

“Our employees, physicians and board members are committed to delivering high quality patient centered care to East Hawaii,” said Dan Brinkman, East Hawaii Regional CEO of HHSC. “As early adopters of health information technology, we have successfully integrated our electronic health record system into our daily operations, giving us valuable analytical data and also strengthening systems to ensure patient safety, quality of care and fiscal performance. Hilo Medical Center’s in-house team championed our technology transformation and their dedication has resulted in national excellence.”

The HIMSS 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 and best practice development to improve financial and care outcomes. On Friday, October 2, Governor David Ige presented a proclamation congratulating Hilo Medical Center on receiving the Davies Award and proclaimed October 5-9, 2015 as National Health Information Technology Week.

Background

In 2008, the East Hawaii Regional Board of HHSC gave the directive to design and implement health information technology at Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho`ola Hamakua, Ka`u Hospital and 9 outpatient general and specialty clinics. In 2009, Hilo Medical Center assembled the HealthConnect team of in-house staff and launched MEDITECH 6.0x in 2010, followed by Ka`u Hospital in 2011 and Hale Ho`ola Hamakua in 2012. In 2013, the HealthConnect team implemented the East Hawaii Patient Portal to give patients access to their electronic health records and added the bill pay module in 2014. This year, the team deployed additional supply chain management and staff scheduling modules to further improve the organization’s fiscal management.

The East Hawaii Region has achieved and met the Meaningful Use milestones established under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), qualifying for approximately $5 million in ARRA funds. The recouped funds assisted in covering the $8 million it cost to establish and integrate the MEDITECH 6.0x EHR. In addition, the East Hawaii Region completed all stages of the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM) in 2014 and was among only 10% of hospitals nationwide to receive the Stage 7 designation. In achieving HIMSS Stage 7, Hilo Medical Center met requirements to apply for the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence.

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About the East Hawai’i Region of Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation

As the Big Island’s leading providers of inpatient and outpatient care, the East Hawai’i Region of Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC), consisting of Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho′ola Hamakua and Ka′u Hospital, delivers a full range of services and programs. Our three hospitals include 373 beds and over 1,300 employees and a medical staff comprised of 250 physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. The region has a network of 10 outpatient clinics offering primary and specialty care. Hilo Medical Center functions as a Level III Trauma Center, which includes the second busiest emergency room in the state, providing 24-hour care and serving more than 44,000 patients annually. Hale Ho′ola Hamakua and Ka′u Hospital are designated as Critical Access Hospitals.

The East Hawai’i Region of HHSC is part of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a public entity established in 1996 by the State of Hawaii to fulfill the promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare. For more information, go to: www.hilomedicalcenter.org, www.halehoolahamkua.org or www.kauhospital.org.

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