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OTN wins team quality award from 3M, CHIMA

HALIFAX, N.S. – 3M Canada and CHIMA have announced that Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) won the second annual 3M Health Information Management (HIM) Team Quality Award presented by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) at the organization’s conference in Halifax on June 12.

“It is an honour to win this award,” said Teresa Hilton, Decision Support Specialist, at OTN. “It recognizes our successes and boosts our confidence to continue our endeavours.”

OTN’s project focused on data consistency and quality. The program achieved a 90 to 98 percent alignment of customer site and system data across all core applications.

“Recognizing the efforts people are making to improve the health information management processes within their communities is important,” said 3M HIS Canadian Business Leader, Brandon Brock. “We are very pleased to support CHIMA with this national award program and offer congratulations to all of the teams that submitted entries this year.”

CHIMA was impressed with the calibre of submissions for this prestigious award. Not only did OTN’s Quality Customer Data Initiative demonstrate the importance of quality data and information to achieve its organizational vision of telemedicine (as a mainstream channel for health care delivery and education), but it stood out as being collaborative, progressive and innovative.

As this year’s winner, OTN presented an overview of its project to an audience of HIM professionals from across Canada at CHIMA’s weekend conference. OTN and the finalists received glass awards and large professionally-designed posters of their projects to display within their facilities. The posters will soon be published on the 3M and CHIMA websites.

3M and CHIMA received several outstanding submissions this year, including these finalists:

• Markham Stouffville Hospital Corporation - Harnessing Safety Measures for Results

• Mount Sinai Hospital - Innovations in Real-Time Reporting of Quality Data for Quality Outcomes

• North York General Hospital - HSMR as a Lens: Catching Sight of Gaps in Quality of Care and Documentation

The award recognizes HIM professionals’ contribution to recognizable, sustainable and transferrable quality improvements within their organizations. The winner receives $2,500 and additional funds to celebrate its achievement with staff members and supporters; OTN plans to celebrate in early July.

The deadline for next year’s submission is March 1, 2011. Submission criteria will be available on the CHIMA website in the fall.

About 3M Canada Company
Established in 1951, 3M Canada Company was one of the first international subsidiaries opened by 3M and remains one of the largest. 3M Canada’s head office and original manufacturing site is in London, Ontario where approximately 1,000 of the company’s 1,950 employees work. Other Ontario plants are 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 (Canadian Health Information Management Association) / ACPGIS (Association canadienne des professionnels en gestion de l’information sur la santé) represents more than 4,500 certified Health Information Management (HIM) members. 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. The skills and knowledge of the HIM professional support the health care system including clinical care, research and funding.

Posted June 17, 2010