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BC team honoured for improving diabetes care

SASKATOON – British Columbia’s Interior Health Authority received the first annual 3M HIM Team Quality Award at the Canadian Health Information Management Association conference, held here earlier this month. The award was presented to the Interior Health team by CHIMA, in recognition for implementing pre-printed insulin forms that improve the quality of care for in-patient adult diabetics.

“As a leading HIM vendor, we see excellence in the field and want to recognize it,” said Brandon Brock, sales and marketing manager, health information systems, 3M Canada. “We are pleased to partner with CHIMA for this award.”

The award, launched in January, recognizes innovation and quality improvement for Health Information Management (HIM) projects. The winning project from a cross-functional team at Interior Health Authority showed in-patients with adult diabetes experienced more than 60 percent improvement in glucose control when hospitals integrate a pre-printed insulin order form into their care.

The team receives $2,500 for its department, along with support from 3M to promote the project externally and internally within the region. Jane Kitazaki, project lead and HIM analyst at Royal Inland Hospital said, “I am proud to be part of this exceptional team and to be recognized for a project we know will help other Canadian hospitals.”

“Although often overlooked, comprehensive clinical documentation and timely data submissions are critical to providing high quality care and understanding processes better,” said Gail Crook, CHIMA’s CEO. “We are thrilled 3M is encouraging and recognizing HIM professionals who play a key role in our healthcare system.”

Finalists for the 3M HIM Team CHIMA Award:

• Lloydminister Hospital – Data Quality Improvement project

• Vancouver Coastal Health Authority – Community Health Records, System Review and Best Practice Implementation
• Vancouver Island Health Authority – Chart Flow Quality Improvement Process

3M and CHIMA will announce the 2010 award criteria this autumn after receiving feedback from CHIMA members. View summaries of the winning project and the three finalists at

About 3M Canada Company
3M Canada Company is a diversified technology company with head offices and manufacturing operations in London, Ontario. Established in 1951 as one of the first international subsidiaries opened by 3M, the Canadian operation today employs more than 1,800 people. 3M manufacturing operations are also located in Toronto, Brockville, and Perth, with one in Morden, Manitoba. Sales offices are located in major cities nationwide and a national service network supports customers.

CHIMA represents approximately 5,000 certified Health Information Management (HIM) professionals across Canada. HIM professionals are employed in: hospitals; in the community health and extended care sectors; government; health and education institutions; the private sector, including insurance and pharmaceutical companies; technology vendors; and consulting firms.