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The HIMSS Value Recognition Program's Davies Award of Excellence focuses on organisations achieving significantly improved patient outcomes through the use of health information technology.

HIMSS details that winning organisations may be chosen on the basis of "promoting health information and technology-enabled improvements in patient and business outcomes through sharing evidence-driven best practices on implementation strategies, workflow design, change management and patient engagement."

Sparrow Health System works to improve outcomes using health information and technology and has been recognised as a 2018 Davies Enterprise Award winner with further note to come at the February 2019 Orlando, Florida HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition.

Sparrow Health System observed that red blood cell and platelet transfusions have the potential for overuse and in such a situation might expose patents to unnecessary transfusion-related risks and side effects. In addition resource waste both in terms of the blood itself and of medical, nursing and blood bank time lead to financial waste.

They therefore instigated a drive to increase compliance with evidence-based best practice. To achieve this goal a multidisciplinary approach was taken and changes were made to the blood product ordering procedure with a move away from stand-alone blood product orders. Instead evidence-based order sets complying with guidelines were used and clinical decision support tools were integrated in the electronic medical record. Compliance reports were created thereby motivating transfusion orders with documented, appropriate indications and a system for one-click ordering for urgent or massive transfusions was also created.  

Improved ordering in line with evidence-based guidelines saw a 32 percent decrease in transfused RBC and a 25 percent decrease in transfused platelet units.

HIMSS noted that Sparrow improved care delivery for both patients and staff, and achieved economic savings.

Dennis Swan, president and chief executive officer of Sparrow Health System noted “We are honored to have earned the Davies Award. All of our information systems initiatives are focused on ensuring the finest possible experiences  for patients, consumers, physicians, nurses and caregivers in every role,” and “We continuously seek to learn, grow and improve. The Davies Award is a direct reflection of our progress. However, we know that we will always have much more to accomplish for the benefit of the people who rely upon us for safety, quality, service and value. Thank you.”  

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