Guthrie Health Named One of the Nation’s Most Wired

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Guthrie Health Named One of the Nation’s Most Wired

Sayre, Pa. – Guthrie Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

This is third consecutive year and the seventh time in twelve years that Guthrie has been recognized for a Most Wired award.

“It is a great accomplishment for Guthrie to be recognized with this award.” said Dale Swingle, Vice President, Information Services. “Being selected for recognition among the nation’s top digital hospitals is not only a significant honor but it also supports our mission of being one of the safest hospitals and most accessible health systems for our patients, staff and physicians.”

The Most Wired Hospitals award is given annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine to the top hospitals and health systems in the country making the most progress in the adoption of health information technology. http://www.hhnmostwired.com/

“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation” says 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.”

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.

Among some of the key findings this year:

  • 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.
  • Sixty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders.

The 2013 Most Wired Survey also covered some new areas such as big data analytics and patient generated data. An emerging practice, big data analytics looks at large amounts of data to uncover patterns and correlations.

  • 32 percent of Most Wired hospitals conduct controlled experiments or scenario-planning to make better management decisions.
  • 41 percent of Most Wired hospitals provide a patient portal or Web-based solution for patient-generated data.

Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

About the Most Wired Survey The 2013 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association. More information is available at http://www.hhnmostwired.com/

Guthrie Health is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie Health offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.