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Friday, July 15, 2011 - Munson Affiliated Hospitals Named Most Wired

Munson Affiliated Hospitals Named ‘Most Wired’

Munson Medical Center, Mercy Hospital Cadillac, Otsego Memorial Hospital recognized


Munson Medical Center, Mercy Hospital Cadillac, and Otsego Memorial Hospital recently were recognized by the American Hospital Association journal Hospitals and Health Networks as “Most Wired” hospitals.

A report by the magazine details how “Most Wired” hospitals and health systems are leading the way in automating and integrating clinical, patient safety, and administrative functions.

Judging was based on a hospital’s progress in adopting and implementing technology in four areas. These areas are:

  • Infrastructure
  • Business and administrative management
  • Clinic quality and safety
  • Care continuum for hospital outpatient areas, physician offices, and community clinics

The three Munson Healthcare affiliated hospitals have made significant investments in electronic medical record technology in the past few years and new federal requirements mean the hospitals are among those leading implementation efforts across the country.

“We appreciate the recognition for all the hard work our staff has put in as we move toward a total electronic health record,” said Chris Podges, Chief Information Officer at Munson Medical Center. Munson Medical Center was named “Most Wired-Small and Rural” based on its location outside of a major metropolitan area.

Munson Medical Center Director of Emergency Services Kevin Omilusik, MD, said the move away from paper to electronic physician orders promotes greater patient safety at the hospital.

“Physician order entry allows physician orders to go directly to the lab, pharmacy, or radiology without misinterpretation by a unit clerk or nurse trying to read sometimes illegible handwriting,” he said. “I get the tests I want. It also takes out that extra step of someone else having to enter your orders and thus improves efficiency in the Emergency Department.”

The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs provide a financial incentive for the “meaningful use” of certified electronic health record technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. At Munson Medical Center, Podges said required technology to meet federal “meaningful use” criteria has been installed or is about to be installed.

At Mercy Hospital Cadillac, President and CEO John MacLeod said physician order entry, medication bar coding, the availability of clinical applications on physician hand-held computers, and other electronic health record efforts strengthen patient safety at the hospital. The hospital was recognized as “Most Wired-Small and Rural” for the second year.

“Our efforts to provide an electronic health record now give our physicians and providers immediate access to a patient record,” he said. “This provides greater safety and quality of care for patients. Once again, we’re thankful for the recognition.”

All three hospitals were recognized in the magazine’s cover story this month.