Kish hospital named one of the most wired

Both of the hospitals in the KishHealth System were recognized by Hospitals & Health Networks for their use of technology in delivering patient care.

This is the third year in a row Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb has received Most Wired status, and the first time Valley West Hospital in Sandwich received the same designation. Most Wired hospitals meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories.

As the nation’s health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are using information technology to better connect disparate care providers, according to Hospitals & Health Networks. For instance, 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Among Most Wired hospitals, 81 percent of medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via bar code technology at the bedside.

“KishHealth System is proud to be included once again among the top health systems and hospitals recognized by the annual Most Wired Survey,” said Heath Bell, KishHealth System chief information officer and vice president of revenue cycle. “Receiving Most Wired status recognizes KishHealth System’s commitment to continuously improving the use of technology as a tool for delivering the highest level of quality care to our patients,”

“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,” said 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.”

Among some of the key findings of the network’s Most Wired survey, nurses and doctors share best practices for patient safety and use checklists at more than 90 percent of Most Wired organizations. Nearly half of Most Wired organizations share standard measures of individual quality performance on their websites, and 86 percent provide quality scores to clinical leaders on a regular basis.

The 2014 Most Wired Survey also covered the evolution of new models and payment from the IT perspective. As health care delivery moves to a value-based system, it will require more and better use of data analytics, care coordination and population health management.

Thirty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals aggregate data from patient encounters to create a community health record, and 71 percent of Most Wired hospitals manage care transitions, compared with 57 percent of all responding organizations. Forty-three percent of Most Wired organizations integrate clinical and claims data so that they are accessible, searchable, and reportable across the care community.

Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals use tools for retrospective analysis of clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving the quality of care and reducing the cost of care delivered.

“Health care professionals need to be free to communicate virtually across teams and to patients,” said Tad Reynes, regional vice president, AT&T Business Solutions. “Providing tools to do so can potentially reduce costs, simplify work flows, improve patient care and offer a better experience to users.” 

Health Care’s 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, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals. 

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