Meriter Named 2011 Most Wired Hospital

Meriter Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals, according to the results of the 2011 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The nation’s Most Wired hospitals are making progress towards greater health information technology (IT) adoption, according to Hospitals & Health Networks’ 2011 Most Wired Survey. Results stratify hospitals based on progress in adoption, implementation and use of information technology in four areas: 

  • Infrastructure
  • Business and Administrative Management
  • Clinical Quality and Safety (Inpatient/Outpatient Hospital)
  • Care Continuum (Ambulatory/Physician/Community)

The survey recognizes hospitals and health systems for excellence in IT. Organizations like Meriter whose responses reflect “Core” development across all four focus areas are “Most Wired”. Some specific examples of 2010 accomplishments at Meriter that helped the organization address “Core” development needs included:

  • A new data center
  • Laptop encryption
  • Extension of Ambulatory EMR to an independent affiliated practice
  • Electronic health information exchange locally and nationally through Care Everywhere
  • Implementation of a personal health record access for patients through MyChart, MyChart Central and Lucy
  • Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)

“We’re proud to give our providers and our patients more tools to support a high level of health care safety and quality,” says Kerra Guffey, Meriter Chief Information Officer.

The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at digital.hhnmostwired.com. Eight other Wisconsin Hospitals also made the list.

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