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Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - Munson Healthcare Affiliated Hospitals Among ‘Most Wired’

Munson Healthcare Affiliated Hospitals Among ‘Most Wired’
Seven hospitals are recognized for progress in adopting, implementing technology

Seven Munson Healthcare System hospitals were recognized by the American Hospital Association’s journal Hospitals and Health Networks as “Most Wired” hospitals for 2014.

Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, Mercy Hospital Grayling, Munson Medical Center, Otsego Memorial Hospital, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, and West Shore Medical Center were recognized as “Most Wired." Mercy Hospital Cadillac was recognized as “Most Wired – Small and Rural.”

A report by the journal details how “Most Wired” hospitals and health systems, those that meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operation categories, have made tremendous gains by using IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors.

Among Most Wired hospitals, 81 percent of medications are matched to the patient, nurse, and order via bar code technology at the bedside. At 90 percent of the Most Wired organizations, nurses and physicians share best practices for patient safety and use checklists.

“The Most Wired recognition tells us that we are among those hospitals that are optimizing advanced technology to better support the care and safety of our patients,” said Chris Podges, chief information officer at Munson Healthcare. “Our IT staff members - and the thousands of clinical staff that have adopted the many changes - have done an outstanding job meeting the challenges to help create a system that can deliver more integrated and patient-centered care.”

Judging was based on a hospital’s progress in adopting and implementing technology in four areas. These areas are:
• Infrastructure
• Business and administrative management
• Clinical quality and safety
• Clinical integration

The Most Wired Survey was conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15. Hospitals and health systems nationwide were asked to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals or more than 30 percent of all hospitals.

“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.”