UT Southwestern Receives Award for Its Healthcare IT

UT Southwestern Medical Center has been honored for the quality of its health information technology. (Photo courtesy of UT Southwestern Medical Center)

The national Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has recognized Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center with its 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award.

The award honors the outstanding achievements of organizations that have used health information technology to improve patient outcomes and value.

“UT Southwestern is an organization driven to enhance patient safety and improve patient outcomes,” Jonathan French, senior director of quality and patient safety initiatives at HIMSS North America, said in a news release. “UT Southwestern has created an enterprise-wide culture of using health information and technology to make data-driven decisions and create a culture of safety.”

UTSW’s Health System Information Resources team started implementing health information and technology systems as early as 1984, with early efforts for a data warehousing operation beginning in 2003.

Since then the data warehouse has grown to include data from more than 33 systems. They allow UTSW to access information about everything from patient satisfaction factors to detecting gaps in care across a specific patient population.

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