Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Second Place Winning Team: Texas Children's Hospital (Heathcare Informatics)

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[Published March 18, 2015 by Mark Hagland]

Clinician and IT leaders have achieved pioneering breakthroughs in standardizing and optimizing care delivery in appendectomy care delivery Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Second Place Winning Team: Texas Children’s Hospital

What happens when you bring together several key ingredients—an organization-wide push for clinical performance improvement; a multidisciplinary approach to such improvement, with buy-in from clinician, administrative and IT stakeholder groups; and the discipline to apply analytics to complex care delivery processes, in pioneering ways? Well, if you are the leaders at Texas Children’s Hospital, and you have the strategic vision, the intelligence, and the perseverance to see things through, you get industry-leading change.

The story of Texas Children’s Hospital’s breakthrough in a key clinical area began when leaders at the Houston hospital embarked in early 2012 on an assessment of their clinical programs to determine which areas needed quality and cost improvement, appendectomy quickly became identified as a key area. Nationwide, appendicitis is the most common acute surgical condition of the abdomen, accounting for more than 1 million hospital days per year and consuming 1.8 percent of hospital discharges for gastrointestinal diseases. Appendectomy is also one of the most common surgeries performed on children in the U.S. Nationally, best practices around appendectomy do exist that could help to streamline processes from the preoperative phase all the way through the postoperative phase; but leaders at individual hospitals like easy access to critical data in this area, and physicians… Click to view article

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