Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) has been named one of the nationâ€™s Most Wired health systems, according to the 2014 Most Wired Survey results released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine.
SJRMC has been recognized as Most Wired for four consecutive years. Hospitals and health systems must meet a set of rigorous standards to be named.
“The journey to provide our community with the latest care technology is never ending,” said Albert Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer, SJRMC. “We commit unmatched resources to set the standard for care, providing our patients with the most talented individuals with the most innovative tools. We are honored to be recognized as Most Wired for the fourth year and will continue to invest in technologies and Michiana.”
As the nationâ€™s healthcare system becomes more integrated with a focus on patient-centered care, hospitals are using information technology (IT) to better connect care providers, according to the 16th annual Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.
The survey showed that 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Most Wired hospitals have made tremendous gains by using IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors. Among Most Wired hospitals, 81 percent of medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via bar code technology at the bedside.
â€śThe Most Wired data show that shared health information allows clinicians and patients to have the information they need to promote health and make the most informed decisions about treatments,â€ť said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. â€śHospitals, their clinicians and their communities are doing tremendous work to enhance their IT systems in ways that support care and delivery improvement, and patient engagement goals.â€ť
The 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 680 surveys, which represent 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all hospitals in the United States.
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.