I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Texas Health hospitals have been recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society for using best practice alerts embedded in the electronic health record to reduce the risk of getting blood clots during hospital stays.
Blood clots are one of the most common preventable cause of hospital death, claiming an estimated 300,000 lives each year in the United States.
In 2008, Texas Health hospitals began a High Impact Performance Improvement project designed to prevent patients from developing potentially deadly clots. The project utilizes the electronic health record to help assess each patient’s risk of developing a clot and to remind clinicians to deliver preventive therapies where necessary. These reminders come in the form of Best Practice alerts that pop up on the computer screen in a bright yellow banner while physicians are interacting with a patient’s medical record. The physician may then order a medication therapy or mechanical compression devices, which wrap around the feet and legs and contract to promote blood flow.
Congratulations to the multidisciplinary team that came together to make this project a success. This is just one example of how hospitals can utilize the electronic health record to help save lives and cut healthcare costs.
For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial, I’m Doug Hawthorne.