NYGH wins top health technology awards
TORONTO – North York General Hospital (NYGH) was awarded the Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics award and, together with Cerner Corporation, the Project Team Innovation & Care Delivery award, at the 7th annual Canadian Health Informatics Awards Gala. The gala is co-hosted by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), and Canada’s Health Informatics Association (COACH).
The award was presented to NYGH for the second phase of its eCare project that achieved several Canadian firsts, including the launch of a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system that integrates the latest clinical evidence from medical literature into clinicians’ workflow.
NYGH was also the first hospital in Canada to implement barcode scanning that uniquely identifies each medication and each patient, across all of its medical, surgical and critical care units. This milestone will reduce the risk for medication errors by alerting healthcare providers if they are about to make an error when administering a medication.
“This award and the positive impacts eCare has made are the result of outstanding teamwork involving informatics personnel, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, dietitians, physiotherapists and more,” said Dr. Tim Rutledge (pictured), President and CEO, North York General Hospital.
“Our eCare Project has benefited all of our patients by improving patient safety and the quality of care we provide,” said Dr. Rutledge. Since the launch of the second phase of eCare (October 2010), 92 percent of physician orders are entered via CPOE by physicians and 1,300 potential medication/patient mismatch errors have been averted.
eCare is a multi-year project that leaves behind manual systems vulnerable to errors and summarizes mountains of medical literature for healthcare providers, all to benefit patients. Phase two of the eCare project resulted in NYGH achieving a Stage 6 designation from HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). NYGH is one of only three hospitals in Canada to have a Stage 6 designation.
NYGH’s eCare Project has been possible through the support of many dedicated partners including Cerner, Zynx Health, Dell, IBM, Motorola and Rubbermaid.
North York General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto, is one of Canada’s leading community teaching hospitals. It offers a culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory and long-term care services across three sites. The hospital embraces health by providing innovative and compassionate care for the whole family at every stage of life.
Posted November 17, 2011