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Metro Health Again Named One of Nation’s Most Wired Hospitals

Posted: July 10, 2013

For the fourth consecutive year, Metro Health Hospital has been named one of the nation’s most wired hospitals.

Metro Health is among 289 hospitals and health systems nationwide to make the top ranks of the Hospitals & Health Networks annual survey – one of only 16 hospitals in Michigan and the only one in West Michigan to do so. The survey is designed to benchmark hospital progress with information technology and focuses on four key areas:

  • Infrastructure
  • Business and administrative management
  • Clinical quality and safety
  • Clinical integration

“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”

Among the key findings this year:

  • Forty-one percent of Most Wired hospitals provide a patient portal or web-based solution for patient-generated data.
  • Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians.
  • Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders.

“As part of our commitment to provide the best experience for both patients and staff, Metro Health has been an early adopter of technology that enhances patient care and safety,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. “We were the first hospital in our region to move to an integrated medical record that makes it faster and easier for patients and providers to access health history, test results, medication history and treatment plans.

“Metro Health continues to be a leader in piloting the innovative use of technology to ensure our patients, physicians and staff have the tools they need at their fingertips.”

About Metro Health
An award-winning leader in community healthcare, Metro Health serves more than 250,000 patients annually from across West Michigan – and beyond. In addition to its 208-bed hospital, which provides a comprehensive suite of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, Metro Health has a growing number neighborhood outpatient centers and offices throughout West Michigan, as well as a community clinic for the underserved and a student health clinic on the campus of Grand Valley State University. With more than 500 physicians on staff, Metro Health provides a growing number of specialty health services, including cancer treatment, heart and vascular, neurology, pulmonology and others. Many are members of the Metro Health Medical Group. The hospital is committed to promoting health and wellness through the work of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, Live Healthy community outreach classes and educational programs and more. Visit us, follow us on Twitter @MetroHealthGr and like us on Facebook/MetroHealth.


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