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Lowell General Hospital Named 2013 Most Wired

Most Wired 2013 logoLowell General Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired for the third consecutive year, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Lowell General is one of nine hospitals in Massachusetts to earn the prestigious honor.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care's Most Wired Survey. In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the care of a disaster or outage.

"I applaud the dedication of our staff for being named one of the nation's Most Wired for the third consecutive year," said Joseph A. White, President of Lowell General Hospital. "From deploying hundreds of devices and integrating a robust network across all our campuses, to bringing our organization together on a single electronic medical record, the Circle Health Information Systems team has worked tirelessly to ensure we have the technological infrastructure needed to deliver on our promise of Complete connected care to our community."

"This year's Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation" says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. "The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help improve efficiency." As a field, hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data, and optimizes patient flow and communications.

Among the key findings this year:

  • Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals and sixty percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results when only twenty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals and twelve percent of all hospitals responded "Yes."
  • Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with fifty-one percent of total responders.
  • Sixty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to forty-nine percent of the total responders. Thirty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals do so with non-affiliated hospitals versus twenty-four percent of total responders.

"The concept of health information exchange is absolutely correct. We need to do it and do it in a robust, refined way," states Russell P. Branzell, president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. "The answer here is standards, standards, standards. We need to standardize the entire process, which we've done in almost every other business sector."

"The concept of health information exchange is absolutely correct. We need to do it and do it in a robust, refined way," states Russell P. Branzell, president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. "The answer here is standards, standards, standards. We need to standardize the entire process, which we've done in almost every other business sector." The 2013 Most Wired Survey also covered some new areas such as big data analytics and patient generated data. An emerging practice, big data analytics looks at large amounts of data to uncover patterns and correlations.

  • 32 percent of Most Wired hospitals conduct controlled experiments or scenario-planning to make better management decisions.

"Meaningful use has been a top priority for CIOs and hospital executives, but understanding all of the data will be critical as new relationships continue to evolve," says Rose Higgins, vice president, strategic solutions, RelayHealth, McKesson's connectivity business unit. "Data analytics will be essential to helping hospitals balance quality of care and cost requirements in a new environment of risk-based reimbursement and evidence-based medicine."

  • 41 percent of Most Wired hospitals provide a patient portal or Web-based solution for patient-generated data.

"The bottom line is that care must be connected and continue wherever the patient is — whether that's in the hospital or the doctor's office or in the home," said Dr. Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, chief medical information officer for AT&T. "The healthcare industry has lagged behind other industries, such as banking and travel, in tapping technology that can engage the patient and connect the continuum. We are finally seeing real progress as an industry, but there is still more to do."

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