The Wright Center Selected as 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award Recipient

The Wright Center, a graduate medical education consortium and safety-net provider with primary care practices located within northeastern Pennsylvania, has been named a 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award recipient. Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized Health Information Technology (HIT) to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment. The 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, best practice development and adherence, and patient engagement that have improved ambulatory care outcomes for patients.

The Wright Center has been recognized for successfully leveraging inter-professional learners from its Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residency program, as well as trainees from local healthcare partners, to integrate health IT into daily practice. The Wright Center team developed and implemented the technological innovations in-house, utilizing dynamic workflow documents and suggestions from residents and providers to continuously improve patient care and increase accountability of providers and staff. The Wright Center operates clinics in the Borough of Archbald, Clarks Summit and Scranton, providing high-quality, non-discriminatory and affordable care to more than 10,000 patients per year, regardless of ability or inability to pay.

“As a residency training program, The Wright Center faced the unique challenge of providing continuous care for patients while allowing flexibility for residents to train within a variety of learning environments at varying times,” said Jonathan French, director, quality and patient safety, HIMSS North America. “The Wright Center has leveraged health IT to standardize and transform continuous care within its delivery system. As a result of The Wright Center’s innovative practices and expectations, the patients’ care outcomes trend well above regional averages. The Davies Committee and HIMSS congratulate the team members of The Wright Center on improving the health outcomes of their patient population through the effective use of health IT.”

“We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award and will continue to invest in technology,” said Jignesh Sheth, M.D., senior vice president for mission accountability at The Wright Center. “Our health IT platforms are structured, so we can utilize shared metrics, track improvements in clinical outcomes for our patients and provide transparent and innovative learning environments for our residents.”

The Wright Center will be recognized at the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 29-March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev. For more information on applying for the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, visit the HIMSS Davies Award website. The 2015 Davies submission cycle was open from Jan. 1 – July 1, 2015.

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Case Study Series:

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Case Study One - The Clinical Value of Continuous and Consistent Healing Relationships with Patients and Colleagues

Case Study Two - Standardizing Individual and Collective Workflow Distribution and Accountability

Case Study Three - Change Management and PDSA Tracker Tool