Health IT excellence

HIMSS names Davies Awards winners

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) on Tuesday named the six winners of the 2011 Davies Awards of Excellence for their implementation and use of health IT.

Officials said the winners used electronic health records (EHRs) and other IT tools to deliver consistent, high-quality care.

This year's Davies award winners include:

  • James F. Holsinger, an Iowa-based family physician, who received the ambulatory Davies award;
  • Fallon Clinic, a Massachusetts-based physician practice, which received the ambulatory Davies award; 
  • Hudson River Healthcare, a New York-based community health organization, which received the community health Davies award; and 
  • Kaiser Permanente, a California-based hospital system and health plan, which received the enterprise Davies award.

HIMSS recognized the two recipients of its public health Davies award last month. The two recipients were the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Aligning awards with HIMSS Analytics' stages
Also on Tuesday, HIMSS officials announced that they have aligned the Davies awards with HIMSS Analytics' Stage 6 and Stage 7 awards for EHR adoption.

HIMSS Analytics developed its eight-stage evaluation tool in 2005 to track more than 5,000 hospitals on their progress in completing the transition to EHRs. Officials said the change will affect the award categories, criteria, and the application process for the Davies awards.

Patricia Wise, vice president of health information systems at HIMSS, said the alignment "will offer an even more in-depth analysis of the value of health IT in improving health care delivery" (Merrill, Healthcare IT News, 9/13; HIMSS release, 9/13).



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