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Decatur Memorial Hospital is the Winner of Modern Healthcare’s 2011 IT Case Study Contest


Decatur, Ill. – Decatur Memorial Hospital is the winner of Modern Healthcare magazine’s 2011 IT Case Study Contest. The national contest is held each year to recognize health information technology implementation projects that have improved patient care. DMH won the contest for using information technology to improve the health of diabetes patients.

In the July 4 issue of Modern Healthcare, DMH Chief Medical Information Officer Larry Holder, M.D., describes how DMH medical staff applied Six Sigma methodologies to procedures for managing inpatient diabetes cases. Six Sigma is a business management strategy that uses statistical methods to improve quality.

DMH used a computerized physician order entry system, electronic nursing documentation, room-service software, a glucose monitoring system and other technical tools to improve the timeliness of glucose-level monitoring for diabetic patients. The result was an increase in the percentage of patients who were able to maintain glucose levels of 180 or less.

Modern Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading sources of healthcare business and policy news, research and information. Each year, the magazine holds the IT Case Study Contest to recognize IT implementation projects that have improved patient care and that also may be eligible for funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Decatur Memorial Hospital
Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH is a 365-bed facility with nearly 2,500 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 12 state-of-the-art Centers of Excellence which focus on proven quality healthcare. In 2011, DMH was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters. For more information, call 217-876-2850.