Orthopedic surgeon recognized for trailblazing efforts to bring secure text messaging tool to Goshen Health

June 2, 2021

David Koronkiewicz, DO, Orthopedic Surgeon at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, received an honorable mention in the DrFirst’s 2021 Healthiverse Heroes Awards. The distinction recognizes his role in implementing a secure text messaging platform to improve communication between healthcare providers and patients.
 
Dr. Koronkiewicz was selected for the award based on multiple criteria, including innovative use of technology and the level of impact on patients and clinical teams. The award also acknowledges the effectiveness in breaking down information silos to improve care collaboration, interoperability and patient outcomes.
 
“I’m honored to receive this recognition,” said David Koronkiewicz, DO, MS-HQSM, CHCQM, FAOAO. It has been a privilege to help lead the secure messaging initiative at Goshen Health. The Backline application has improved efficiency and both physician and nursing satisfaction. But ultimately, it’s for our patients – timely and effective communication is such a crucial component of patient care.”
 
Dr. Koronkiewicz first piloted the secure text messaging platform in 2019 for pre-surgery communication, triaging and patient update processes. Nearly 80 percent of orthopedics patients said direct messaging with their doctor improved their overall care.
 
Healthiverse Heroes Award nominees were judged by DrFirst’s clinical team, including its chief medical officer and others with backgrounds in medicine, nursing, emergency medical services and pharmacy.

 

Dr. David Koronkiewicz received an honorable mention in the DrFirst’s 2021 Healthiverse Heroes Awards.