Stanford Children's Health earns HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society selected Palo Alto, Calif.-based Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children's Health as a recipient of its 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award.

Launched in 1994, the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recognizes hospitals and health systems that exhibit "excellence in health information technology," with a focus on those that have applied technology to improve patient outcomes.

Hospital officials credited IT success to initiatives like the hospital's effort to prevent nephrotoxic acute kidney injury. The project identifies pediatric patients taking more than three nephrotoxin medications from the hospital's EHR system and provides these patients with additional monitoring. Pharmacists and care teams then use this dosing information to tailor treatments to prevent kidney failure.

To date, the intervention has reduced nephrotoxin exposure rates by 39 percent.

"The close collaboration and integration between the Stanford Children's Health Information Services team and clinical leadership, with our collective goal of improving health outcomes for children and expectant mothers, is a key factor in our successful adoption of health information technology," said Ed Kopetsky, CIO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children's Health.

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