For the third consecutive year, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has earned Most Wired status as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology. The accomplishment is based on results of a national survey released this week by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.
This year, Hugh Chatham is one of only 13 North Carolina health care organizations, and the only Yadkin Valley region hospital, to receive the recognition.
Most Wired hospitals use information technology (IT) to coordinate patient care, reduce the likelihood of medical errors, and to better connect disparate care providers. According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information.
“Being part of an organization that has been designated a Most Wired Hospital for the last three years is a tremendous honor,” said Paul Hammes, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital CEO. “Our organization will continue to commit the IT resources and support needed to ensure that employees and providers are able to provide the highest level of care to patients in our region.”
“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”
Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. Hospitals have increased their use of sophisticated IT monitoring systems to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities or policy violations and produce real-time analysis of security alerts.
“Achieving the Most Wired Award in 2015, 2016, and 2017 is something we are extremely proud of,” said Lee Powe, chief information officer for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. “The requirements to achieve this award, which focuses on four different areas, change annually which challenges us as an organization to change and adapt on a continuous basis.”
Most Wired hospitals are transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics. They are investing in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decisionmaking and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access and control costs.
HealthCare’s Most Wired survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide.
The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.
Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.