St. Mary’s one of ‘most wired’ hospitals
AMSTERDAM — St. Mary’s Healthcare has been named by the American Hospital Association as one of HealthCare’s “Most Wired” Hospitals.
The AHA uses a survey to gather information on how hospitals use technology to improve health care experiences and better engage patients. According to the 18th annual AHA survey and subsequent results, hospitals with a designation of “most wired” have shown significant use of technology for a better patient experience.
The award recognizes innovation in the adoption of information technology throughout U.S. hospitals and health systems. St. Mary’s was recognized as a “Most Wired” hospital for exceptional scores in areas including infrastructure, security, electronic health record, workflow, reporting, integration and patient access. Features that helped earn the “Most Wired” designation for St. Mary’s included the successful implementation of a patient portal, the electronic health record, and the ability to prescribe medications electronically. Clinicians regularly report that easy access to health records has been critical to getting the right information at the right time to make the next decision.
Vic Giulianelli, president and CEO of St. Mary’s, praised the dedication of the St. Mary’s associates, with special recognition of the Ascension Information Team at St. Mary’s. “Ensuring that patients have an exceptional health care experience means being able to provide services and information in ways and at times that meet their needs,” he said.
Organizations that participated in the survey were identified as foundational, core, advanced, expert, or leader in each of four focus areas for use of information technology including infrastructure, business and administration management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. St. Mary’s Healthcare was recognized in all four focus areas.