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

122481For the fifth time, Metro Health Hospital has been named one of the nation’s most wired hospitals.

Metro Health is among 375 hospitals and health systems nationwide to make the top ranks of the Hospitals & Health Networks annual survey – one of only 19 hospitals in 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

“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.”

Among the key findings this year:

  • Thirty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals aggregate data to create a community health record
  • Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals manage care transitions, compared with 57 percent of all responding organizations
  • Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals use tools for retrospective analysis of clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving the quality of care and reducing costs
  • Forty percent of Most Wired hospitals provide mobile applications for secure messaging with patients

Metro Health ranked well on several areas, including:

  • “High availability,” meaning its systems had the technical infrastructure to perform without interruption
  • Computerized physician entry of tests, prescriptions, etc.
  • Patient safety system of bar-coded medication administration to reduce clinical errors

“Early adoption of technology that enhances patient care and safety is an important facet of how we provide the best healthcare experience for both patients and staff,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. “Additionally, harnessing the technology currently at our fingertips in order to maximize its impact and benefits is also of critical importance.

“We are pleased to once again be recognized among the nation’s Most Wired hospitals. We will continue to use technology to ensure our physicians and staff remain at the forefront

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