EMMC Wins Davies Award, Receives this Year’s Top Honor in the United States for Healthcare Informati


(Bangor, ME) – Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) is celebrating more national recognition today, joining only 25 other hospitals in the United States since 1994 that have received top honors for healthcare information technology. EMMC is this year’s only winner of the 2008 Nicholas E. Davies Organizational Award of Excellence, sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

This prestigious award is given to select hospitals in the country for effectively using information technology to improve the safety and quality of patient care. In receiving this award, EMMC joins an elite group of top hospitals and health systems nationwide who met the stringent criteria laid out by HIMSS. Previous winners include such outstanding organizations as Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Ohio State University Health System.

Eric Hartz, MD, EMMC chief medical information officer, says this award is a crowning achievement, not only for EMMC’s employees, but also for the entire community. "In the end, it is the patients of our region who benefit. We have worked hard for nearly a decade to implement the most advanced computer systems on the market to allow instantaneous sharing of health information among all healthcare providers involved in a patient’s care," says Dr. Hartz. "When the software that was currently available wasn’t doing the job we wanted, we challenged our vendors to work with us to build something better. It has been a tremendous collaboration."

"EMMC’s Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) system is one of the most advanced in the country," explains Cathy Bruno, FACHE, EMHS vice president and chief information officer. "It offers decision-support to help ensure our patients receive the safest care possible. EMMC’s providers and staff spent countless hours working with our clinical system to constantly make it better. It is their involvement and participation with our experts in the Information Systems Department which have allowed us to achieve our goals."

"We are so proud to be recognized with this outstanding award," says Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, EMMC president and CEO. "Much of the credit goes to our employees. Over several years of planning, development, and implementation, our nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals have embraced advancements in information technology. They are helping to bring the latest innovations in patient care to the people of northern, central, and eastern Maine. I congratulate them for this award and thank them for their dedication to these improvements for our patients."

The Davies Award was initiated in 1994, and the first awards were granted in 1995. The application process is rigorous, culminating with a two-day onsite survey by a team of adjudicators. The awards ceremony for this year’s award will take place in April, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. In a news release from HIMSS today, Brian Jacobs, MD, chair of the HIMSS Davies Award Organizational Committee and chief medical information officer (CMIO), executive director, Center for Pediatric Informatics, at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC commented, "EMMC represents a shining example of how to implement and utilize the electronic health record along with other technologies in enhancing the delivery of high quality, evidence-based healthcare."

EMMC, a member of EMHS, brings the latest innovations and best practice standards in quality to our patients and our community. From groundbreaking clinical research to the latest robotic surgery techniques, we are committed to be the best and offer the best.