Guthrie Named A “Most Wired” Health System

Sayre, Pa. – Guthrie Health was named a “most wired” health system by the Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. This is second consecutive year and the sixth time in eleven years that Guthrie has been recognized for a Most Wired award.

Guthrie was one of 25 organizations that received the “most improved” recognition that demonstrates the health system showed the largest improvements over the previous year’s assessment. 

“It is a great accomplishment for Guthrie to be recognized with this award in Information Technology Excellence for Hospitals and Health Systems.” said Dale Swingle, Vice President, Information Services. “It demonstrates that Guthrie is one of the best in the nation in providing state of the art information technology in all areas of focus and recognizes both our talented Information Services team and the physicians and employees that use these systems and technologies every day.” 

Hospitals and health systems are assessed based on progress of adoption, implementation and use of information technology in four critical areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. Major assessment components were safeguarding information & disaster recovery, wireless networks, patient flow automation, business intelligence, electronic quality data, computerized physician order entry, medication management, e-prescribing, structure patient documentation, personal health record, and sharing continuity of care documentation.   

For the 2012 survey, several additional requirements were added with focus on computerized physician order entry (CPOE), mobile access, patient portal, electronic clinical alerts, release of information, and transmitting of data to public health agencies.

Guthrie Health is a community-based, not-for-profit health care system jointly formed by Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) and Guthrie Clinic, also not-for-profit health care organizations. GHS provides inpatient, outpatient and home-based services through Corning Hospital, Troy Community Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Guthrie Home Care and Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Clinic provides primary and specialty physician services at 25 regional clinics. Guthrie Health provides care for 200,000 patients annually within its eleven-county service area across the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.