Meriter Again Named Most Wired Hospital

Meriter Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most  Wired, according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. This is the second year in a row that Meriter has achieved this recognition.

The nation’s Most Wired hospitals are leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas, according to Health Care’s Most Wired 2012 Survey released today.   As a field, hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data, and optimizes patient flow and communications.

“This award is a tribute to our continued efforts and investments at Meriter to improve the services we provide our patients through the thoughtful and appropriate use of health IT,” said Kerra Guffey, Meriter Chief Information Officer, “This is also a great honor for our hard-working IT leaders and staff, clinical staff and physicians that adopt technology to improve the delivery of care in many different venues.” 

Among the key survey findings this year:  

  • Ninety-three percent of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to seventy-seven percent of the total responders.  
  • Seventy-four percent of Most Wired hospitals and fifty-seven percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems.
  • Ninety percent of Most Wired hospitals and seventy three percent of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.
  • One hundred percent of Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors

“As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. “Hospitals receiving Most Wired recognition are truly representative of our nation’s hospitals and systems – rural and urban, small and large, teaching and non-teaching, and critical access hospitals geographically dispersed.”

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

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