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Podcast: CEO of Blessing Hospital, 2012 IT Innovator Award Winner

At HIMSS this week, Healthcare Informatics magazine recognized Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL as an IT Innovator in their annual award program.

Listen as Maureen Kahn, the hospital’s CEO, is interviewed by Healthcare Informatics managing editor John DeGaspari in this podcast on the hospital’s use of Sunrise Acute Care from Allscripts to deliver some truly industry-leading quality outcomes.  

Kahn had this advice for other hospitals undergoing the EHR transformation: “You can get buried in a lot of data and it’s important to make sure that you … work towards getting true information that you can use to drive change. As you automate the patient record, we have so much data available to us that (the challenge is) how do you prioritize what will make the best impact to the quality of services you want to deliver.”

Innovator Award Semi-Finalists

Several other Allscripts clients were also recognized by the magazine as innovators, including:

Allina Hospitals and Clinics (Minneapolis) was recognized for its development of a Patient Census Dashboard.  Allina uses Allscripts Care Management to simplify and consolidate utilization management, discharge planning, documentation integrity, audit management, quality management and risk management.

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City) was recognized for its use of best-practice and evidence-based medicine tools, education of orders, electronically delivered risk assessments, alerts, and order sets within its Sunrise clinical systems to reduce unnecessary transfusions.


Texas Health Resources (Arlington, TX) was recognized for improving nursing workflows and nursing documentation. THR uses Allscripts Care Management.

University Hospitals Cleveland (Ohio) was recognized for integrating its PACS and RIS systems into their Sunrise Acute Care EHR. University Hospitals has deployed a wide variety of other Allscripts solutions including Enterprise EHR for its physician practices.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was recognized for a patient-centered clinical record powered by dbMotion that integrates both payer and provider data. UPMC is deploying the Allscripts MyWay EHR to its affiliated physicians, with connectivity provided by the dbMotion solution.

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