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Children’s National Named to Becker's Hospital Review 50 Hospitals with Innovation Programs

October 05, 2016

Washington, DC— Children’s National Health System has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review 2016 edition of “50 Hospitals with Innovation Programs” for its Bear Institute for Health Innovation.

This list recognizes hospitals and health systems that are committed to improving healthcare by tackling some of the biggest challenges facing patient care and care delivery.

“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to innovation in healthcare information technology to help our children,” says Brian Jacobs, MD, Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer at Children’s National. “The goal of the Bear Institute is to harness the information derived from health information technology to improve the quality and safety of the care we deliver, to innovate, to facilitate important research, and to support our organization in everything we do.”

The institute’s cross-disciplinary team of developers, architects, researchers, and clinicians is responsible for providing a solid foundation for the Children’s National information technology (IT) infrastructure. The team also builds innovative technologies to help improve patient outcomes.

The Bear Institute was established in September 2013 as a strategic and transformational partnership between Children’s National and Cerner Corporation and has rolled out dozens of cutting-edge solutions to some 3,000 caregivers across the organization and to other health systems.  Recent innovations and accomplishments include:

• The development and implementation of Quality Boards, highly visible digital dashboards that display real-time quality and safety indicators to physicians, nurses, and families in every patient care unit

• The development of MyBearGuide – a patient and family engagement app that provides step-by-step wayfinding, displays emergency department wait times, and outlines other hospital services and amenities

• Co-development of six evidence-based pediatric population health registries, which identify and predict risk and help facilitate the coordination of care

• The development of a trauma documentation app to bring automation to the complexities of events during the resuscitation of pediatric trauma victims

• Collectively saved nurses 1,958 hours per day and providers 45 hours per day, with a total of over 3,500 users, through enhanced electronic health record (EHR) login solutions

• Managed 72 percent of the Children’s National employee population with a customized Cerner Wellness program, providing health coaching, biometric screenings, and a user-friendly system for logging information

Becker's Hospital Review has published a version of this list since 2015, and this is the first time it has featured 50 hospitals. The full list of “50 Hospitals with Innovation Programs,” can be found here.

Contact: Emily Hartman at 202-476-4500

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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