October 16, 2006
The Texas Department of State Health Services has received the 2006 Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for its Web-based electronic health record system for substance abuse clients.
The national award, presented annually by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), recognizes health care groups for their use of information technology in the categories of organizational, ambulatory care and public health.
DSHS was recognized in the public health category for its Behavioral Health Integrated Provider System (BHIPS), a comprehensive tool used by counselors for conducting screenings and assessments, building treatment plans, tracking services and client progress, and collecting discharge and follow-up information for those receiving substance abuse treatment.
Since BHIPS was implemented in 2001, DSHS has added improved technology and functionality, including using electronic guidelines to more accurately place clients in the right level of care, which has resulted in better outcomes, DSHS officials say. The system uses a security encryption tool to protect patient information.
The data collected by the system is used to identify substance abuse trends and training needs to improve specific programs. The system also automatically ties treatment and cost information together to allow for demographic cost analysis. DSHS officials say the system’s Web-based approach allows for better quality control and management online.
Since 2001, the system has documented 300,000 patients. Approximately 2,000 counselors and staff members from across the state use the system.
The award program is named after Dr. Nicholas E. Davies, a physician who believed that computer-based patient records were needed to improve patient care.
(News media: for more information Carrie Williams, Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)