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  • MultiCare's CIO Receives 2010 Asian American Pioneers Award

    Florence Chang honored for excellence in health care including the electronic health record

    Florence Chang, the Senior Vice President of clinical support services and MultiCare’s Chief Information Officer, is one of eight winners of the 13th annual Asian American Pioneers award.

    Ms. Chang and the other recipients will be recognized for their achievement on Friday, Oct. 1, at the China Harbor Restaurant in Seattle. The Asian American Pioneers award is sponsored by members of the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation.

    “What a pleasant surprise to learn that I have been honored with this award,” Ms. Chang said. “As a proud representative of the Asian American community, it is so humbling to receive this recognition and it is a true honor to stand with the other winners of this award, all of whom have accomplished so much.”

    Ms. Chang was nominated for her excellence in the health care field. The theme for the 2010 Asian American Pioneers is global health and medicine.

    “Florence’s work with the electronic health record has been instrumental in implementing initiatives that result in improved patient care,” said Diane Cecchettini, President and CEO of MultiCare Health System.

    All MultiCare outpatient clinics and hospitals are linked to the electronic health record called MultiCare Connect. The system includes physician order entry, inpatient and outpatient area access, electronic imaging, patient access to records, bedside barcoding and other features that ensure patients get the safest and best care possible. MultiCare patients can view their health record, lab and test results, schedule an appointment or refill prescriptions using a secure patient portal called MyChart (Powered by MultiCare) at home or anywhere they have internet access.

    “Florence has been a pioneer in her field with substantial experience in implementing electronic health records for health systems,” said Dr. Christopher Kodama, Medical Director for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center. “Her work places MultiCare Health System in the top tier of health care organizations nationally as far as EHR adoption is concerned.”

    MultiCare Health System was selected as the sole winner of the prestigious 2009 Nicholas E. Davies Organizational Award of Excellence from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). This national award is given to a select few hospitals in the nation for effectively using health information technology to improve the safety and quality of patient care. MHS was also recognized by Hospital & Health Network magazine as one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired Health Systems and one of the 25 Most Wireless Health Systems.

    Ms. Chang will be featured in Northwest Asian Weekly and the Seattle Chinese Post as part of her nomination. The article will include a short biography, résumé, and photographs.

    Past recipients of this award include Washington Gov. Gary Locke and KING-TV anchor Lori Matsukawa.

    Posted on Sep 2, 2010 in