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November 4, 2010

SickKids recognized as a health information technology leader for clinical care system

The Hospital for Sick Children’s (SickKids) “big-bang implementation” of a new clinical information system has earned SickKids recognition as one of the most innovative organizations in health care today. SickKids has received an Allscripts 2010 Circle of Excellence Award for demonstrating exceptional outcomes that drive improved care for patients and better business performance.

Allscripts, formerly known as Eclipsys, presents the Circle of Excellence Award annually to clients for their efforts in utilizing Allscripts technology, in SickKids’ case, the KidCare clinical information system, to demonstrate achievements in the areas of process improvement, clinical adoption, financial savings and measurable outcomes. In addition to industry recognition, a charitable donation is made to each winning client’s foundation.

“This award is a great recognition for all the efforts, hard work and very long hours put in by so many staff from across the organization,” says Daniela Crivianu-Gaita, Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, SickKids.

KidCare, based on Allscripts’ Sunrise Clinical Manager, is the main clinical information system used throughout SickKids. KidCare is used by staff to enter and view patient orders and to view patient information, lab results, pharmacy records and much more.

SickKids utilized multiple adoption strategies to move from its highly customized in-house system to the Sunrise system without disrupting ongoing patient care. The implementation, which culminated with a big bang go live in November 2008, included the direct involvement of over 250 stakeholders, an effective communications plan, a comprehensive educational program and a dedicated command centre.

These strategies resulted in SickKids achieving significant outcome improvements, including 100 per cent adoption, a nearly 90 per cent reduction in order entry time and a 92.93 per cent positive survey response from physicians indicating the system meets their needs.