Published on July 10, 2013

Genesis Health System "Most Wired" For 10th Straight Year

The health professionals providing patient care at Genesis Medical Center hospitals have education, experience, critical-thinking skills and one more important tool.

They also have nationally recognized information technology available to improve quality and safety of care, resulting in better patient outcomes.

For the 10th straight year, Genesis Health System has been named Most Wired by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine based on the use of information technology to accomplish key goals, including safety and quality objectives.

Genesis Health System is the only Iowa hospital or health system to be recognized as Most Wired 10 consecutive years.

“Genesis is well ahead of most health care organizations in the country in its use of technology to benefit our patients,'' said Rob Frieden, Vice President of Information Services, Genesis Health System. “The technology
introduced by Genesis in recent years has resulted in fewer medical errors, improved safety and quality of care for patients and has created efficiencies to help us control costs.’’

Health Care’s Most Wired Survey asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys representing 1,713 hospitals, or about 30 percent of U.S. Hospitals.

Among the findings of this year’s survey:

• Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals, including Genesis, report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians.

• Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals, including Genesis, have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population.

• Sixty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals, including Genesis, share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals.

Genesis in recent years has adopted Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) and electronic medical records throughout the health system. By using electronic records, patient records are more easily shared across the system to appropriate caregivers.

“We’re moving toward a seamless approach to medical records, which makes health care safer, more convenient and less stressful for patients,’’ Frieden said.

The nation’s Most Wired hospitals and health systems demonstrate better outcomes in patient safety, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures through the use of information technology, according to analysis.

"Our focus is always patient safety and quality of care,'' Frieden said. "Will the new technology make our patients safer? Will it provide them with a better patient experience?

"And finally, will the new technology also create efficiencies for our caregivers and staff?''

Frieden said one of the goals is to continue adopting information and medical technology throughout the system when the technology helps the system reach goals for patient safety, quality of care and efficiency.

The Most Wired winners are featured in the July edition of Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN) magazine, the publication of the American Hospital Association.

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