Greater Baltimore Medical Center Leveraging Standardized Practices to Improve Patient Outcomes
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) has been recognized as a HIMSS Davies Award winner. GBMC is one of only two hospital organizations globally that have been selected as a Davies Award winner for a third time.
GBMC rapidly scaled a video visit platform to all ambulatory practices and locations, which showed an increase in volume from 59 telemedicine encounters in February 2020 to 13,436 telemedicine encounters by May 2020, more than a 22,670 percent increase.
In addition to the video visit platform, GBMC launched a virtual environment to support multidisciplinary tumor boards (MDTBs) collaboratively discussing diagnoses and cancer stage during the pandemic. This virtual environment facilitated more than 500 MDTBs since February 2020. COVID-19 has driven an average decrease of 46.4 percent for initial cancer diagnoses throughout the United States. However, due to the virtual environment, GBMC saw an 17 percent decrease in cases since the onset of the pandemic.
Finally, GBMC optimized its heparin drip order sets by using data analytics to identify barriers within the current workflow. The new order set interface improved therapeutic activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) with patients reaching a therapeutic state within 24 hours by 340 percent since the original implementation in 2019.