July 17, 2015
For the second year in a row, Hospitals & Health Networks magazine has named Fort HealthCare one of the Most Wired health care providers in the nation. Fort HealthCare is one of ten hospitals in Wisconsin to receive this distinguished award.
Mike Wallace, President and CEO of Fort HealthCare states “this repeat recognition reflects a significant amount of work and commitment by our providers and staff. It’s been a continual journey and it’s nice to have our efforts validated again 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 17th 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. Each year the requirements for Most Wired become stricter as the entire healthcare industry is focused on using technology to engage patients, making EMRs interoperable and moving from volume to value.
For example, two-thirds of Most Wired hospitals are using the patient portal to actively involve patients with their own care by capturing ongoing health information directly from patients, family members or other caregivers and offering self-management tools for chronic conditions.
Hospitals are taking steps to facilitate information exchange between physicians. In 84 percent of Most Wired hospitals, physicians can exchange and see other facilities’ results via the portal.
“Fort HealthCare believes that technology is a key component in transforming the delivery of care,” states LaBebe Nickell, Senior Director of IT at Fort HealthCare. “We have invested in technology to support our greatest asset – our community. This award confirms our hard work and reminds us to keep working hard. We are honored.”
The survey found that hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to safeguard patient data. No only are hospitals working towards more secure data but towards making data more accessible to patients. 89 percent of Most Wired organizations offer access to the patient portal through a mobile application, which is up from 58 percent in the previous year.
“I was surprised to see the high level of usage on mobile devices,” says Russ Branzell, president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, H&HN’s partner in the Most Wired project. “We are seeing that mobility is an expectation in all parts of a consumer’s life. They’ll demand that from a patient engagement standpoint.”
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 741 surveys, representing 2,213 hospitals, or more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals. The number of health systems designated as Most Wired is 338, down 10 percent from last year due to additional requirements.
Read the July Hospitals and Health Network cover story at www.hhnmag.com.
About the Most Wired Survey
The 2015 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.