Hospitals Named to 2016 List for Using Healthcare IT to Enhance Clinical Care
Concord, NH – The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently announced that five hospitals in New Hampshire were named to America’s “Most Wired” hospitals in recognition of their successful adoption of information technology (IT) to enhance clinical performance.
The New Hampshire hospitals, Concord Hospital, Exeter Health Resources, New London Hospital, Valley Regional Hospital (Claremont) and Wentworth Douglass Hospital (Dover), were recognized as having demonstrated a strong commitment to using IT resources to improve their operational, financial, and clinical services.
Hospitals on the Most Wired list were chosen based on a survey conducted between January 15 and March 15 of this year. The survey is a leading industry barometer, measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. More than 34 percent of American hospitals participated in the 2016 survey, which examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care.
“This recognition is a testament of the efforts our hospitals are taking to enhance their IT infrastructure so that they can deliver better clinical care to their patients,” stated Steve Ahnen, New Hampshire Hospital Association President. “By integrating technology into healthcare delivery, our hospitals are not only improving the quality of care delivered, but the patient experience as well.”
The AHA’s Most Wired survey measured hospitals in four specific areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety (inpatient /outpatient hospital); and clinical integration (ambulatory/ physician/ patient/ community). In order to earn Most Wired designation, hospitals were required to excel in all categories.
According to the survey, hospitals are redefining the way they provide care within their communities by using healthcare technology to build patient engagement, provide electronic access to their care team and partnering with other health care providers through the utilization of population health management tools that improve the sharing of critical clinical information for better outcomes.
“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. “Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely.”
The 18th annual Most Wired list appears in the July 2016 issue of Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine, an American Hospital Association publication.