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Thirty-one Denver Health Physicians Named 5280 2012 Top Docs
Thirty-one Denver Health physicians were recently named Top Doctors by 5280 Magazine. The top doctors were nominated and voted on by their peers throughout the Denver metro area.
Fifty-seven Denver Health Doctors are in the Best Doctors in America Database.
Dr. Gabow Receives 2012 Health Quality Leader Award
NCQA names Dr. Patty Gabow, Denver Health CEO, a 2012 Health Quality Leader for her pioneering use of “lean” management techniques, which have assured high-quality care for some of Denver’s most vulnerable and at-risk residents.
Dr. Patricia Gabow, CEO, was named to Modern Healthcare magazine's 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare for 2007 and 2010; the top 100 Most Power People in Healthcare in 2007; and the Top 25 Women in Healthcare in 2009.
She was selected as a Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP), Denver Health CEO receives MACP designation from American College of Physicians, the highest honor bestowed on ACP members.
Dr. Gabow also received the 2007 Unique Woman of Colorado Award during the Denver Post Unique Lives & Experiences lecture series; and received the Spirit of Denver Award at the League of Women Voters of Denver Education Fund Vision of the City Dinner.
Dr. Gabow was awarded the 2008 National Healthcare Leadership Award by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.
Eleven Denver Health physicians were recently nominated by their peers throughout Denver and were named Top Doctors by 5280 Magazine.
This was the first time Drs. Benavidez, Cua, Gutierrez, Love-Osborne, Urbina and Wells; it is the second time Drs. Douglas and Heard were recognized in the list; it is the fourth time Dr. Ogle was recognized; the eighth time Dr. Bessessen was recognized and the ninth time Dr. Linas was recognized.
Eight Denver Health physicians were recently named to the Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., list of Top Doctors.
The doctors were selected from peer nominations, extensive research and careful review and screenings by a doctor-directed research team. Denver Health's Top Doctors:
Denver Health has received the Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals Award for information technology use for 2011. This award if given based on the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study from Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.
The survey focuses on how the nation's hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.
Denver Health also received the Most Wired Award for 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Denver Health was also on the list of 2008 CIO 100 award winners. The 2008 CIO Awards honor 100 companies that are creating new business value by innovating with technology. CIO stands for Chief Information Officer, and refers to the person who is in charge of the hospital’s information technology system. Denver Health is on this prestigious national list, and is one of only three hospitals in the nation to receive this recognition. The other two – Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems – each had revenues of more than $1 billion in 2007.
Investments in Health Information Technology Improve Quality
Based on the firm belief that carefully-designed health care information technology is key to improving overall patient care, Denver Health has invested more than $300 million in ground-breaking IT solutions since l997.
As a large integrated safety net system, coordination of patient care among its clinics, hospital, public health and specialty services requires robust Health Information Technology (HIT) to ensure patient safety as well as fiscal efficiency. Denver Health sees 160,000 individual patients, nearly a quarter of the population of Denver, and has a million patient contacts a year. Investments in information technology are investments in patient safety and quality care.
Major clinical IT applications are integrated with the Electronic Document Management (EDM) system which encompasses Denver Health’s legal health record. This application allows intranet access to our hybrid medical record of both electronic clinical data and scanned documents.
To complement EDM, the Lifetime Clinical Record (LCR) provides clinical staff with a longitudinal view of the patient’s medical record; instead of seeing only the last visit, the doctor can review all lab reports, for example, since the patient’s first visit. Because all patients have a unique medical record number that identifies them no matter where they seek care in our vertically integrated system, any physician caring for the patient will have access to all clinical information.
VaxTrax. Immunization registry to improve vaccination rates. The registry automatically prompts clinical providers, no matter who is seeing the patient, that immunizations are due.
Data Warehouse.Comprehensive electronic repository stores both clinical and financial data used for research, quality improvement, disease management, strategic analysis, and process improvement. Unusual in health care organizations, this allows for easy reporting that covers many facets of health care, including laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, specialty labs (such as pulmonary or GI), billing, utilization, and patient demographics. The data warehouse is a powerful tool that assists in the management of chronic diseases and preventive cancer screenings, providing critical data to the clinician and patient at the point of care.
Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE). Allows providers to enter orders into the computer, with decision support, permitting rapid and accurate communication of orders without legibility issues, transcribing, and re-entering of data.
Clinical Dashboard. Makes it possible to view all clinical applications without multiple log-ons. Thus, for example, a physician working with a patient can trend lab data in LCR, review the last hospital discharge summary, look at the chest xray, and determine the last medication refill all at once, ensuring that nothing is missed in care at that point in time.
e-Library. Allows immediate online access to 6,000+ full-text journals. Physicians can do instant literature searches when evaluating courses of action for patients they are seeing on that day.
Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS). Digitizes radiological exams, available on computers throughout the entire system, and 12 other outreach hospitals. Physicians throughout the organization and in remote locations can do instant review of x-rays, facilitating rapid treatment decisions.
Navicare Bed Monitoring System.Shows current bed availability. This helps prevent long waits in the Emergency Department.
MAK – Medication Administration Checking. Uses bar coding technology integrated with clinical software to support medication administration. Medication management and reconciliation, one of the national patient safety goals, requires meticulous documentation of a patient’s prescription and non-prescription medications, and regular generation of a current list.