For the third consecutive year, NYU Winthrop has been recognized as one of the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals. This notable designation once again demonstrates NYU Winthrop's rightful place in an elite group of hospitals using health information technology to enhance patient care and safety.
"This prestigious recognition is a testament to the hard work and the collaborative mindset of our institution, which includes a progressive senior leadership team, a medical staff who truly understands the benefits of advanced health information technology, and one of the best technical teams in the industry, whose commitment to patient safety and improved quality of care are unparalleled," said Nicholas Casabona, NYU Winthrop's Chief Information Officer (CIO).
As the nation's healthcare system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect disparate care providers, according to the 16th annual HealthCare's Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks. "Most Wired" hospitals 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.
"NYU Winthrop continues to be recognized as a leader in the adoption and utilization of health information technology," said Maureen Gaffney, MHS, RPAC, RN, NYU Winthrop's Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Medical Information Officer. "As one of the first hospitals on Long Island to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 1 and maintain compliance through 2012 and 2013, we were well-prepared for Meaningful Use Stage 2 in 2014. The development of our NYU Winthrop patient portal will enable our patients to view their health data and communicate with their physician a functionality that supports the Meaningful Use Stage 2 patient engagement goal."
In addition, the Health Information Management System Society (HIMSS) Analytics has recognized NYU Winthrop as achieving Stage 6 status on their Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM.
"Reaching Stage 6 is a result of focus, good direction and a steadfast commitment from leadership," said Ms. Gaffney. "Stage 6 institutions have established clear goals for improving safety, minimizing errors and prioritizing information technology implementations."
Nearly 890 hospitals in the United States have achieved Stage 6 to-date, and NYU Winthrop is well on its way to joining the elite group of hospitals in Stage 7.