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HHH Receives Health Care's 2015 Most Wired
Geneseo, IL – Hammond-Henry Hospital is one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals, according to Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN), an American Hospital Association publication. As the nation’s health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect disparate care providers, according to Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.
Hammond-Henry Hospital has been working toward this designation for several years. The effort from hospital staff and medical staff to move to an electronic platform has not always been easy, but certainly worth the journey.
67 percent of Most Wired hospitals, including Hammond-Henry Hospital, are now able to share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers and these hospitals have made tremendous gains by using information technology to reduce the likelihood of medical errors. Nurses and physicians share best practices for patient safety and use checklists at more than 90 percent of Most Wired organizations. Also, to help consumers make better decisions about their health care, standard measures of individual hospital quality performance are reported and publicly available. Nearly half of Most Wired organizations share this information on their websites and 86 percent provide quality scores to clinical leaders on a regular basis as part of their performance improvement initiatives.
“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,” says 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.”
The July H&HN story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.