PHILADELPHIA, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bimal Desai, MD, MBI, Assistant Vice President and Chief Health Informatics Officer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was honored at the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) annual black-tie gala as the winner of this year's Healthcare Innovator award. The awards is given to a company, researcher, or investor who provides innovative solutions that have a positive impact on the quality, cost, and access to healthcare.
"It is an honor to have Dr. Desai's work recognized," says Kisha Hawthorne, MHA, MBA, FACHE, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Information Services at CHOP. "He and his team have taken on the challenge of better connecting our patients, doctors, and the CHOP Care Network through technology and innovations in telemedicine."
Under the direction of CHOP's president and CEO Madeline Bell, Dr. Desai helped create the Hospital's new Digital Health Program. The Program is organized into four overarching themes:
- Care Anywhere: allowing clinicians to use telemedicine and personal devices to connect directly with patients.
- Engage and Connect: rethinking how clinical teams connect with patient families and focusing on motivating healthcare teams to collaborate.
- Research Excellence: improving cohort identification, enhancing research enrollment, and creating new methods for data collection and measuring clinical effectiveness.
- Enhanced Partnerships: exploring how Children's Hospital can connect with healthcare providers outside of the CHOP Care Network, allowing clinicians to access patient information across organizations.
Dr. Desai also co-founded Haystack Informatics, a company spun out of CHOP's "Open Canvas" innovation competition in 2014 which uses patients' electronic health records (EHR) and healthcare employees' patterns of behavior to protect patient privacy.
The Healthcare Innovation award was presented at PACT's annual black-tie gala on Thursday, May 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
About Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as 'the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 546-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu
Contact: Camillia Travia
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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