Computerworld Honors Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System has been named a 2015 Computerworld Data+ Editors’ Choice Award honoree for its innovative use of location analytics. The prestigious honor recognizes big data initiatives that have delivered significant business value.

The accolade commemorates a 2009 project in which Children’s National staff used geographic information system (GIS) technology from Esri to understand and transform the incidence of pediatric burns. The project team analyzed patient data and identified effective interventions by merging electronic health records (EHR) with GIS, a practice that is not commonly deployed.

Led by the IT department and the Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery in the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care, the team mapped areas in Washington, DC, that had an increased number of pediatric burn injuries. The team employed Esri’s geospatial software, ArcGIS, to spatially analyze EHR data and determine the demographic and injury characteristics of children sustaining burns.

Through this analysis, the team discovered that the majority of burns were caused by high water heater settings and were concentrated in a handful of Hispanic communities. In response, Children’s National partnered with the District of Columbia’s Office on Latino Affairs to promote burn prevention tips in these communities. As a result, the health system saw a significant decrease in the number of pediatric burn cases in its emergency department.

The Data+ Editors’ Choice Awards honorees and their achievements will be highlighted in a special September feature on


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