MASSENA - Massena Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the nations MOST WIRED, according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released Monday in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
The nations Most Wired hospitals are leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas, according to Health Cares Most Wired 2012 Survey released today. As a field, hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data, and optimizes patient flow and communications.
The MMH Information Technology team has worked extremely hard over the last few years to accomplish being Most Wired for the fourth time, said Charles F. Fahd, II, FACHE, chief executive officer. MMH understands the importance of health information technology and is committed to continually making progress toward meeting meaningful use criteria. The Information Systems Department has made significant gains through the information technology strategic plan to include the development of the EHR improves care by enabling functions that the paper records cannot deliver, improving patient safety, privacy and continuity of care.
Receiving the Most Wired designation is a hospital wide effort to include the employees, medical staff and the IT team, according to Jana Grose, chief information officer/information technology director. IT does the framework, but it is the clinical people, the physicians, nurses, technologists and therapists who implement the information into the electronic medical record.
Grose explained through the IT strategic planning process it is proactive and continual building and implementing not only hardware, software, but building and customizing to each department. Some of the highlights for MMH receiving this prestigious award including the meeting Meaningful Use criteria and attesting to, CPOE-Clinical Physician Order Entry for medications, lab and medical imaging, security and annual risk assessments for the IT, a new ED system-MedHost, along with the continual expansion of the hospital interactive website. Grose added, today we are changing how we do healthcare and implementing IT is all areas of healthcare on both the clinical and support side.
Among the key findings this year:
■ Ninety-three percent of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to 77 percent of the total responders.
■ Seventy-four percent of Most Wired hospitals and 57 percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems.
■ Ninety percent of Most Wired hospitals and 73 percent of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.
■ One hundred percent of Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors.
As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency, says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. Hospitals receiving Most Wired recognition are truly representative of our nations hospitals and systems – rural and urban, small and large, teaching and non-teaching, and critical access hospitals geographically dispersed.
Of note, social media is catching on among the Most Wired hospitals for crisis communications, nearly one half compared with one-third of total responders use this media. More than 25 percent offer care management messages and chats with physicians.
Health Cares 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 662 surveys, representing 1,570 hospitals, or roughly 27 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.