Virginia Emergency Physicians Recognized for Developing Innovative and Efficient Healthcare Solutions
(Press Release from VACEP)
The Virginia College of Emergency Physicians is proud to announce that two of our members from Johnston Memorial Hospital, Dr. Brian Dawson and Dr. Kelly Carter, were recognized with the Health Information Technology award from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce at the 2013 Virginia Healthcare Innovators Awards ceremony.
While continuing to practice in Abingdon, Dr. Dawson and Dr. Carter founded Brily Innovations in 2012 and have worked to develop tools to help meet health care needs in the emergency department better, faster and cheaper.
The Chamber recognized Drs. Dawson and Carter for Radiation ReconciliationSM, an innovative program they developed to better manage radiation exposure in the emergency department. Radiation ReconciliationSM is one of these tools developed through Brily Innovations.
The program calculates an estimated radiation exposure on every emergency department patient by reviewing a database of several Virginia hospitals’ imaging records when the patient is registered in the emergency department. The treating physician is notified when the estimated exposure is above a set threshold. This then allows for a more meaningful conversation with the patient regarding their risks, benefits and alternatives in the event an imaging study is considered as part of their emergency care.
Dr. Dawson and Dr. Carter were also recognized with a nomination in the Patient Care Award category for their Align Patient Care program. This program utilizes pre-made care plans detailing pertinent medical information and suggested treatment plans based on primary physician, specialist physician and/or emergency physician management plans. The average Align patient has seen 1.5 fewer emergency department visits per month, a $4000 reduction in monthly charges and 27% shorter emergency department visits.
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce held its annual Virginia Health Care Conference on June 6, 2013 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The Honorable Marilyn Tavenner, the Director of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and former Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, gave the keynote address. The focus of the conference was to identify innovative ways for multiple stakeholders to work together to transform to a higher value health care in Virginia.
The Virginia College of Emergency Physicians is pleased that the Virginia Chamber of Commerce recognizes the innovative, meaningful work being done by Dr. Dawson and Dr. Carter in the emergency department. Emergency physicians throughout Virginia are developing tools and implementing programs that bring a higher value and lower cost to health care. We are proud that our emergency physicians are on the forefront of finding solutions to help transform the provision of health care in the Commonwealth.