Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) has been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks(H&HN) magazine.
Recognized for the third year running, SJRMC is the only hospital in Northern Indiana to achieve this recognition, and one of nine in the State of Indiana.
“We continue to take first steps to bring the latest technology into patient care. But we know this journey never ends,” says Albert Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of SJRMC. “We seek enhanced tools to help us continue to provide more efficient, affordable and exceptional care. We understand investing in technologies today is going to expand our horizons for the future.”
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving 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.
“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”
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 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com
About the AHA The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. 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 the AHA Web site at www.aha.org.
About the Most Wired Survey The 2013 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association.