Recognition Acknowledges Important Strides in Technology to Connect Providers and Patients
DOYLESTOWN - Doylestown Hospital is again recognized as one of the "Most Wired" hospitals in the nation, according to the results of the 2014 Most Wired Survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.
The "Most Wired" status is the result of years of development and implementation of IT systems at Doylestown Hospital. Doylestown continues to make significant investments in information technology that improve patient safety and streamline processes involved in patient care. This is the third year Doylestown Hospital has made the Most Wired list since it launched in 2010.
"Making the Most Wired list directly aligns with Doylestown Hospital's high standard for quality and patient safety," said Richard Lang, Ed.D, PMP, FHIMSS, vice president and chief information officer of Doylestown Hospital.
According to the Joint Commission: "Most Wired hospitals outperformed other hospitals on most objective quality of care measures."
"We are honored to be included as one of the Most Wired Hospitals and continue to look for new ways to use data and analytics to support care management, clinical integration and consumer engagement using a combination of technology, innovation, and process design throughout the entire continuum," added Lang.
The Most Wired hospitals excel at patient-centered care, connecting various providers across the continuum of care. For instance, 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Most Wired hospitals, those that meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories, have made tremendous gains by using IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors. Among Most Wired hospitals, 81 percent of medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via bar code technology at the bedside.
"At Doylestown, we continue to look for ways to use our advanced integrated IT infrastructure to align the hospital with community providers, across the full continuum, to provide the highest quality of care in the most efficient and effective setting," noted Lang.
The Doylestown Clinical Network has been providing real time clinical information exchange across the continuum of care since 2006. There are more than 400,000 patients with active clinical data on the network, and real time clinical data exchange occurs naturally with each community referral and transition of care for network members.
"The Most Wired data show that shared health information allows clinicians and patients to have the information they need to promote health and make the most informed decisions about treatments," says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. "Hospitals, their clinicians and their communities are doing tremendous work to enhance their IT systems in ways that support care and delivery improvement, and patient engagement goals."
Nearly all participants in the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study have an established health IT project governance process and evaluate existing workflow processes and desired outcomes.
"This was and continues to be a key strategic initiative for our health system," says Lang.
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 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.
About the Most Wired Survey
The 2014 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association.
About Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 239 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.