December 07 2011
A Spanish health IT success story
Recently, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) awarded Stage 6 Certification to Hospital de Dénia (Dénia, Spain). Currently, only seven hospitals in Europe have received Stage 6 recognition from the HAE (HIMSS Analytics Europe).
HIMSS Stage 6 demonstrates that Hospital de Dénia provides, among other benefits, structured and continuous clinical documentation and a closed medication cycle using a unified hospital system, Cerner Millennium, to give providers a horizontal vision of care, reduce patient risks and increase the quality of care.
Hospital de Dénia also received the eHealth Innovation award from SIMO Network (the International ICT Services and Solutions Fair), for its project “Comprehensive EMR in 14 Months.” The eHealth Innovation award's goal is to contribute to a wider diffusion of the main technological innovations that take place in Spain's health care sector, and the benefits for patients. A selection committee comprised of professionals from media specialized in health and ICT selected nine finalist projects out of the 47 presented for an open online vote. The votes submitted confirmed the Hospital de Dénia project as the winner.
This project was the result of a very important effort on the part of Hospital de Dénia and Cerner, two organizations whose objective was, from the beginning, to achieve intelligent and computerized clinical processes for the benefit of the patient.
These intelligent computerization models are the only ones capable of providing health care to patients beyond the hospital, extending services to primary care centers, homes and wide geographic regions in general. They also involve other providers in a highly efficient way, reducing test duplication among organizations, seamlessly integrating access to patient information, proactively increasing safety through alerts, and implementing care plans for chronic conditions, which in the long term will result in an increased quality of life for patients.
This model represents the only possible way to reach a sustainable health care system based on efficiency, limiting the costs arising from lack of coordination and, at the same time, increasing patient care quality and safety.
Hospital de Dénia and Cerner are considering extending this model into the hospital's geographic area of influence next year, maximizing the IT investment and developing a service network which will help to improve health outcomes, thus becoming an integrated health care organization. Hospital de Denia also plans to apply for Stage 7 recognition in 2012, potentially becoming the first Spanish hospital reaching this stage.
Jordi de la Osa, Cerner Iberia sales leader, has a degree in electronic engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Barcelona. He has developed his professional career in the health care IT sector. Since 2007, he has contributed intensively to Cerner's business in Spain.