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CHOC was named a 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Enterprise Davies Award recipient

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) was named a 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Enterprise Davies Award recipient for achieving improvements in patient care through the use of health information technology. CHOC is the only children’s hospital on the West Coast— and third in the country— to be honored with the award since its inception.
 
Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized the outstanding achievements of organizations that use health information technology to improve patient care while achieving cost savings. As an award recipient, CHOC will share case studies and lessons learned with other health care organizations across the nation.
 
“CHOC has made significant investments in health information technology designed to enhance quality and patient safety – our highest priorities.  We designed and implemented our electronic health record (EHR) with a focus on improving care.  Because building and using an effective EHR is not always easy, and is certainly expensive, it’s gratifying to see measurable improvement from our efforts and investments.  Making kids’ care better— making kids’ lives better—is the ultimate outcome, and proves the value,” says Dr. James Cappon, chief quality officer, CHOC.
 
CHOC received the award from HIMSS based on four case studies that detailed how the use of health information technology and standardized clinical processes has improved patient care. The case studies included: 
 
•       Through education, a standardized care bundle, and EHR-enabled best practice guidance to minimize urinary catheter use and duration, CHOC significantly reduced catheter-associated infections and urinary catheter use. 

•       Using embedded, evidence-based care guidelines to control asthma and an alert system that triggered when patients were about to be discharged before a home management plan was created, CHOC drove down the average length of stay for asthma patients from 2.14 days to 1.72 days. Asthma readmissions within 30 days also fell from an average of 1.7 per quarter to 0.7 per quarter.
  

•      CHOC implemented an EHR-enabled Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) to trigger a rapid response team for deteriorating patients. As result, approximately 369 children have avoided resuscitation, with potentially as many lives saved.
 
•       CHOC implemented centralized breast milk preparation including barcoding to effectively eliminate feedings of the wrong breast milk. Efficiencies associated with the centralized processes for breast milk preparation resulted in significant annual savings. 
 
“CHOC demonstrates an enterprise-wide approach to collaboratively identifying clinical challenges, selecting IT interventions and developing workflows to address those challenges,” said Jonathan French, senior director of quality and patient safety and Davies program director with HIMSS. “Through using information technology to standardize care and continually look to improve care delivery and outcomes, CHOC has significantly improved the quality and patient safety outcomes for their patients. HIMSS is proud to recognize CHOC as a 2016 Davies Enterprise Award winner.”
 
Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2016-17) and a 2016 Leapfrog Top Hospital for safe, quality care, CHOC has achieved recognition as a HIMSS Stage 7 EMR (electronic medical record) adoption hospital. CHOC is also a leader in the adoption of population health technologies, and is a recipient of a $17.7 million grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid to help Southern California pediatricians expand their quality improvement capacity, learn from one another and achieve common goals of improved care.
 
“These examples of our institutional quality and safety initiatives are an important part of our mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children.  As we now reach out to the larger community with our population health efforts, our focus extends to keeping well children well,  in addition to keeping those who are ill as well as they are able to be,” explains Dr. William Feaster, chief medical information officer, CHOC.
 
CHOC will be recognized as a HIMSS Davies Award recipient at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 19-23, in Orlando, Fla.  For more information on the awards program, visit the HIMSS Davies Award website.


CHOC Named One of the Safest Hospitals in the Nation by The Leapfrog Group

CHOC Children’s Hospital has once again been named a “Top Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group for providing the safest and highest quality health care services to patients.  CHOC is one of only nine children's hospitals in the nation—and the only one on the West Coast— to earn the prestigious distinction.  

"CHOC is committed to becoming the world's safest children's hospital. While this is a never-ending journey, being named as a Top Children's Hospital for the eighth time by the Leapfrog Group suggests we are on the right track. Leapfrog has always emphasized patient safety as the top priority, one with which our patients, families and partners would no doubt agree. It's a humbling honor, and serves as both encouragement and motivation to continue our efforts to provide the safest, highest quality care possible,” said Dr. James Cappon, chief quality officer, CHOC.

The selection of Top Hospitals is based on the results of the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than three percent of hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, CHOC has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate CHOC’s board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2016 Top Hospitals, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.



Allied Anesthesia Offers Surgery Survival Tips for Parents in the New Year

Contact: 
Paul Yost 714-619-5383
pyost@alliedanesthesia.com
http://www.alliedanesthesia.com/


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Orange, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2015) –Many people see the New Year as a time to reflect, restore and revitalize.

But, for children who are scheduled to have surgery in the New Year, it’s a time for fear and anxiety.

Allied Anesthesia doctors, who provide anesthesia and pain management services at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and other hospitals around the Southland, are committed to ensuring that every pediatric patient they encounter is as comfortable and unafraid as possible, no matter how difficult and dangerous the procedure. 

With that in mind, they have compiled some tips for parents to help make their child’s experience less mysterious and miserable and more positive and productive.

  1. Whether the child is undergoing a minor outpatient procedure or major surgery, it's important for parents to remain calm and reassuring. Children take their cues from their parents. If their parents are worried and anxious, they will be worried and anxious as well. 
  2. It’s best if children and parents have an idea what to expect. There are many age-appropriate books on the market featuring familiar characters such as “A Visit to the Sesame Street Hospital” and “Curious George Goes to the Hospital.”  Sit down with your child and read it together.
  3. Many children are afraid of being alone either before or after the procedure. Hospitals are much more family friendly today than they were in the past.  Parents should assure their children that they will stay with them up until time for the operation and be there waiting for them when they move into recovery.  
  4. Younger children might enjoy playing “doctor” with a doll or stuffed animal.  Parents can purchase a kit with toy instruments and show them how to take the doll’s temperature or listen to its heartbeat. Older children might benefit from a pre-operative tour of the hospital where they will meet members of the hospital staff and become familiar with the rooms, equipment and procedures. 
  5. When talking about medical procedures, avoid using alarming language such as “the doctor will cut you open” or “you’ll be put to sleep,” which young children might equate to what happens when their pets get sick.
  6. Instead of focusing on what the doctor is going to do, focus on the outcome such as “after your knee surgery, you will be able to play baseball again.”

Above all, be honest and reassuring. 

About Allied Anesthesia: With over 100 highly qualified physician anesthesiologists on staff, Allied Anesthesia provides adult and pediatric anesthesia services to St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, CHOC Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, St. Mary’s Hospital in Apple Valley and many other Southern California health care facilities. In 2014, Allied Anesthesia joined with Fullerton Anesthesia Associates and Upland Anesthesia Medical Group to consolidate best practices in more than six hospitals and more than a dozen ambulatory surgery centers. The expanded medical practice is dedicated to offering the highest comprehensive quality of care and the most cost-effective procedures in all facilities they serve. All Allied physician anesthesiologists are board certified in Anesthesiology and they staff and manage the most efficient operating rooms in Southern California. Allied is a member of the California Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Anesthesia Quality Institute.  

For more information, visit:  http://www.alliedanesthesia.com

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