June 18, 2012
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The
Hawaii Health Systems Corporation has been named a recipient of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services Health Care Innovation Award.
“We are honored to receive this funding,” said
Bruce S. Anderson, Ph.D, president and chief executive officer of the
HHSC. “The collaborative efforts
involved in the project will improve healthcare delivery for our island
communities.” This award recognizes patient care at the State community
hospitals on Oahu and the Neighbor Islands is expected to be greatly enhanced
following today's announcement that the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) has finalized a $28.7 million contract with Siemens
Healthcare. The agreement provides the
public-hospital system with a complete hospital information system including a
succession of integrated electronic medical record applications. The dynamic
and seamless exchange of patient information will support enhanced care
continuity and quality, and in turn assist HHSC
acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities,
physician clinics and their respective community physicians.
"Our top priority is the delivery of quality
health care to the island communities that HHSC
serves throughout the state of Hawaii. After an extensive evaluation of EMR
solutions and a collective approval by the HHSC
facilities involved, Siemens was selected as the best solution for patients,
hospital staff and medical staff," said Bruce S. Anderson, Ph.D., President
and Chief Executive Officer of HHSC. "Our staff, at all levels, have been
diligently working together on a system-wide initiative for over a year to
identify the special needs of our hospital core functions, and then to select
the qualified vendor who could best meet them. Our evaluation team was very impressed with
the high level of experience and dedication of the Siemens' team, and look
forward to working together."
An EMR system allows health care professionals to
rapidly and securely consult a complete record of a patient's health
history. The installation of EMR system
is a key step in the creation of an integrated health network with real-time
access to patient information across the system – i.e., West Hawaii region:
Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital; Maui region: Maui Memorial Medical
Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital; Oahu region: Leahi
Hospital, Maluhia and Kahuku Medical Center; and Kauai region: West Kauai
Medical Center and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital.
Unleashing new efficiencies and capturing quality improvement are
examples of the many opportunities that will be enabled through the utilization
of contemporary information technology. Driving-out manual intervention,
modernizing workflow across the HHSC
continuum of care,
hard-wiring change, and proactively monitoring performance through
real-time analytics are just a few of the essential elements sought by HHSC in pursuit of Meaningful Use as designated by
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
is very fortunate to have the tremendous support of our state legislators and
Governor Neil Abercrombie," added Dr. Anderson. "They clearly understand the importance
of this major undertaking, in addition to the important role that HHSC continues to play in responding to the
health care needs of our patients, Neighbor Island visitors, and tourists."
East Hawaii region – Hilo Medical Center, Ka'u Hospital, and Hale Ho'ola
Hamakua – started its switch to EMR in May 2010, and will join the other regions
in utilizing modules of the accompanying Health Information System (HIS) function for some of its financial applications (e.g., general ledger, accounts
payable, and fixed assets).
"I am proud
that HHSC has entrusted Siemens
Healthcare to assist in achieving expanded access to clinical data throughout
its island communities across Hawaii,"
said John Glaser, PhD, CEO, Health Services Business Unit, Siemens
Healthcare. "Siemens is honored to support HHSC’s
dynamic community-hospital system in its mission to connect
communities by extending the access and availability of clinical information,
which can improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare.
The tentative implementation roll-out begins with
Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC), followed by Kona Community Hospital and
Leahi Hospital; West Kauai Medical Center and Kahuku Medical Center; Maluhia;
Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital; and then Kohala Hospital and Samuel
Mahelona Memorial Hospital. Maui Memorial
projected "Go-Live" date is November 2012, while Kohala Hospital
and Samuel Mahelona Memorial
are expected to be running their systems in September 2013.
About the HHSC
HHSC is the fourth largest public health system in the country and the
largest provider of healthcare in the Islands. HHSC
is comprised of 12 public hospitals, in addition to two non-profit affiliate
providers who care for all regardless of their patient’s ability to pay. HHSC
provides a range of services, including emergency, specialized disease
management, primary care, rural care, long-term care, home health and adult
day-health – all of which improve the health of individuals and promote the
economic health of our island communities throughout the state of Hawaii.
About Siemens Healthcare
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of
the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in
medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and
hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the
entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early
detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing
clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster,
better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 48,000
employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2010 (to
September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.4 billion euros and profit of
around 750 million euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.