Family Medicine Program Receives Excellence In Prevention Award
WASHINGTON – The Department of Community and Family Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital recently was awarded the 2011 Excellence in Prevention through Electronic Health Record Technology Award by the Delmarva Foundation of the District of Columbia.
The department, part of the Howard University Faculty Practice Plan, was one of three ambulatory practices in the District to receive the 2011 award.
“Howard University’s family medicine practice has demonstrated its commitment to providing patients with high quality health care and preventive health care services that optimize the quality of life for Medicare beneficiaries,” said Brenda Gentles, director of Quality Improvement Programs at Delmarva. “Their significant and sustained quality improvement practices are a credit to dedicated staff and committed leadership.”
During a ceremony Wednesday at the hospital, Delmarva, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for D.C., encouraged the department to continue its commitment to prevention through the use of electronic health record technology.”
Dr. Babafemi Adenuga, interim chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine, thanked the foundation and pledged the department’s continued support of electronic health records.
“Next year, Howard University Hospital celebrates its 150 anniversary, and for all those years, we have been here serving the needs of the Washington area community,” Adenuga said. “We are proud of that track record, and this is a reflection of our continued commitment to serve through the use of the latest technology.”
Dr. Wayne Frederick, associate dean for the College of Medicine, said the honor reflects the effort by all of the physicians and departments of the Howard University Faculty Practice Plan to provide the best health care to patients.
“We are constantly working to improve our services, from electronic health records, to state-of-the-art equipment to our special services, like our new Howard University Heart Center,” Frederick said. “We will make sure that all of our services in the Faculty Practice Plan are using electronic health records to the same degree as the family medicine practice.”
The Delmarva 2011 Excellence in Prevention through Electronic Record Technology Award recognizes physician practices for improving their use of electronic health records to increase screenings for breast and colorectal cancer and increase immunization for influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines.
To merit the award, physician practices must meet the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ improvement rates for cancer screenings and immunizations for two consecutive quarters.