Guthrie Named One of the Nation’s Most Wired

Sayre, Pa. – Guthrie has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2014 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

This is the fourth consecutive year and the eighth time in twelve years that Guthrie has been recognized with a Most Wired award.

“We are very proud to have been named Most Wired,” said Dale Swingle, Vice President of Information Services for Guthrie. “This award reflects our commitment to creating one of the most advanced, safe and accessible systems for our patients and employees.”

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.

This year marks the 16th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides creating robust clinical information systems that improve 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.

"Hospital leaders should be commended for the hard work they've done under an unrealistic time frame,” states Russell P. Branzell, president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, referring to federal requirements that health care providers adopt and meaningfully use a certified electronic health records (EHR). “Still, there is a substantial amount of work ahead. Effective C-suites view IT adoption as a collaborative effort. They have a clear strategic plan and know how IT fits into that."

Guthrie 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 offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.