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Winthrop-University Hospital Named 2012 Most Wired - Archived
Date
July 12, 2012
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Nation’s Most Wired Hospitals Improve Efficiency with Health Information Technology

Mineola, NY – Winthrop-University Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired, according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The survey was conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the American Hospital Association. This designation places Winthrop in an elite field of hospitals using health information technology to improve patient care.

“Winthrop-University Hospital is a health IT trailblazer on Long Island and beyond,” said John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop. “We are committed to enhancing patient safety through technology and are proud to add ‘Most Wired’ to our extensive list of accomplishments.”

 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.

“The desire to maintain the highest level of patient safety has always been the impetus for Winthrop’s health information technology initiatives, and it’s the reason we are a leader in adopting technology,” said Maureen Gaffney, MHS, RPAC, RN, Winthrop’s Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Medical Information Officer.

Winthrop is pleased to be recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals. Our guiding principle for all our clinical system investments has been improved quality of care and patient safety, and this achievement is a testament to our commitment,” said Nicholas Casabona, Winthrop’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). “The technical team that developed this network that runs CPOE, PACS, and 144 other best of breed applications, is by our recognition today, the best on Long Island.”

Among the key 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,” said 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.”

“Equipping caregivers with the information needed to drive quality, safety and efficiency will continue to be an imperative as the challenges facing health systems grow increasingly complex,” says Pat Blake, president, McKesson Technology Solutions. “The effective use of health IT, including actionable analytics and connectivity, can be a strategic lever as hospitals and health systems work to drive better outcomes while managing capacity, reducing costs, and coordinating care across multiple settings and caregivers.”

Of note, social media is catching on among the Most Wired hospitals for crisis communications; nearly one half compared with one-third of total responders use this media. More than 25 percent offer care management messages and chats with physicians.

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 662 surveys, representing 1,570 hospitals, or roughly 27 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 40,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.  Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on healthcare issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit http://www.mckesson.com.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 70 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve.

Winthrop-University Hospital was the first and only Long Island hospital to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health record technology during the 2011 federal fiscal year. As a result, Winthrop qualified for the financial incentive program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and received $3.2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue implementing its HIT program.

Winthrop is a founding member of the E-Health Network of Long Island, the regional health information organization working toward interconnectivity with healthcare providers in other parts of the state – and ultimately nationwide – through compatible health information exchange systems. For more information about health information technology initiatives at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

Contact: Leanna Cherry
Public Relations Manager
(516) 663-2234
lcherry@winthrop.org
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