August 8, 2014
For the first year, Hospitals & Health Networks magazine has named Fort HealthCare one of the Most Wired health care providers in the nation. Fort HealthCare is one of nine hospitals in Wisconsin to earn this honor.
Mike Wallace, President and CEO of Fort HealthCare states “this recognition reflects a significant amount of work and commitment by our providers and staff. It’s been a long journey and it’s nice to have our efforts validated by this national publication. The naming of ‘Most Wired’ is another example of how Fort HealthCare continues to bring the most advanced technology to the community.”
According to the 16th annual health care Most Wired survey, health care systems are utilizing information technology (IT) to better connect various care providers for a better integrated patient-centered care.
For example, 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Most Wired hospitals that meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories have made tremendous gains by using IT to reduce 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.
“The 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,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals, 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.”
The survey found a number of key quality and patient safety findings. For example, nurses and physicians share best practices for patient safety and use checklists at more than 90 percent of Most Wired organizations. In addition, to help consumers make better decisions about their health care, these organizations report and make publically available standard measures of individual hospital quality performance. Nearly half of Most Wired organizations share this information on their websites and 86 percent provide quality scores to clinical leaders on a regular basis as part of their performance improvement initiatives.
“Hospital leaders should be commended for the hard work they’ve done under an unrealistic time frame,” states Russell P. Branzell, president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, referring to federal requirements that health care providers adopt and meaningfully use a certified electronic health records (EHR). “Still, there is a substantial amount of work ahead. Effective leaders view IT adoption as a collaborative effort. They have a clear strategic plan and know how IT fits into that.”
Conducted between January 15 and March 15, Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
Read the July Hospitals and Health Network cover story at www.hhnmag.com.
About the Most Wired Survey
The 2014 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association.
About Fort HealthCare
Fort HealthCare is an independent, integrated hospital and health system serving southeastern Wisconsin. With the main hospital campus in Fort Atkinson, Fort Medical Group offers primary care and specialty surgical care at locations in Fort Atkinson, Cambridge, Johnson Creek, Jefferson, Lake Mills and Whitewater. Fort HealthCare also offers occupational, rehabilitation and sports medicine, wound care, urgent care, Worksite Wellness and is a partner in the UW Cancer Center, Johnson Creek. For more information about Fort HealthCare, please visit www.FortHealthCare.com.