TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - North York General Hospital (NYGH) was
awarded the Innovation in the Adoption of Health Information award and,
together with Cerner Corporation, the Project Team Innovation & Care
Delivery award, at the 7th annual Canadian Health Information Awards Gala last night in Toronto.
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, 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."
Since the launch of the second phase of eCare (October 2010), 92 per
cent of physician orders are entered via CPOE 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
North York General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto,
is one of Canada's leading community teaching hospitals. We offer our
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.
SOURCE North York General Hospital
For further information:
Elizabeth McCarthy, Senior Communications Specialist