Nation's Most Wired Hospitals Demonstrate Progress Through Innovation
PATERSON, NJ [August 08, 2013] - St. Joseph's Healthcare System, Paterson, NJ, has been recognized as one of the Nation's MOST WIRED for the third consecutive year, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care's Most Wired Survey. In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.
"St. Joseph's Healthcare System is proud to be among the nation's Most Wired healthcare organizations. This recognition acknowledges the efforts of our multidisciplinary team which continuously strives to provide much needed efficiencies to streamline our health delivery system while enabling a culture of compliance and best-practices," states William A. McDonald, president and chief executive officer at St. Joseph's Healthcare System.
"This year's Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation" says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. "The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency."
Among some of the key findings this year:
• Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results when only 27 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 12 percent of all hospitals responded, "Yes."
• Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders.
• Sixty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders. Thirty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals do so with non-affiliated hospitals versus 24 percent of total responders.
"Meaningful use has been a top priority for CIOs and hospital executives, but understanding all of the data will be critical as new relationships continue to evolve," says Rose Higgins, vice president, strategic solutions, RelayHealth, McKesson's connectivity business unit. "Data analytics will be essential to helping hospitals balance quality of care and cost requirements in a new environment of risk-based reimbursement and evidence-based medicine."
Health Care's Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at: www.hhnmag.com.
More information about the Most Wired survey is available at: www.hhnmostwired.com