Most Wired Hospitals Use Technology for a Better Patient Experience
DOYLESTOWN, July 11, 2016 — Doylestown Hospital is one of only 21 hospitals in Pennsylvania to be recognized as "Most Wired," according to results of the 18th Annual Health Care's Most Wired® survey, released July 6 by the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Forum. This is the fifth year Doylestown Hospital made the national Most Wired list.
Years of development in information technology throughout the Doylestown Health system are strengthening integrated networks that securely share vital information across the continuum of care. The result is improved communication with Doylestown Hospital medical staff as well as with community physicians' offices.
"Making the Most Wired list once again is the result of Doylestown Health's commitment to high standards of healthcare quality and patient safety," said Richard Lang, Ed.D, PMP, FHIMSS, vice president and chief information officer for Doylestown Health.
Doylestown Health is using data analytics toolsets in innovative ways to manage population health, identify risks and promote preventive care for patients with chronic illness. The goal is to identify opportunities to prevent illness and provide care in the most efficient and effective setting.
According to the AHA, Most Wired hospitals use technology to build patient engagement with the individual's lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.
- 68 percent accept patient-generated data through the patient portal.
- 26 percent of Most Wired organizations offer E-visits through a mobile application.
- 61 percent use social media to provide support groups.
"Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it," said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. "These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely. And, removing policy and other barriers to telehealth will allow even faster adoption of these amazing technologies."
HealthCare's Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2016, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2016 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide.The survey of 680 participants, representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals—more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.—examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.
Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.
About the American Hospital Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.
About Health Forum
Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, visit www.healthforum.com.
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.