I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Texas Health is a national pace-setter in implementing the electronic health record. Texas Health’s physician adoption rate of approximately 90 percent for computerized physician order entry places the system among national leaders.
The EHR is making a difference every day for North Texans through enhanced patient safety and better coordination among care givers. For example, computerized physician order entry has proven to help reduce medication errors. In July, Hospitals & Health Networks magazine named Texas Health one of only six winners in the nation of the Most Wired Innovator Award. The award was for using alerts in the EHR to help reduce the risk of patients getting blood clots during hospital stays.
In July, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission awarded Texas Health Resources more than $7 million in Medicaid incentive payments for adoption of the EHR. Earlier in the year, Texas Health received more than $19 million in federal Medicare incentive payments for meeting first stage criteria for “meaningful use” of the EHR.
Texas Health has invested more than $200 million in its EHR. We have been blessed with the brainpower and resources to make this significant investment a success. Now we’re sharing our knowledge with other health systems to help shorten the learning curve to successful implementation of health information technology.
For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.