Genesis Health System "Most Wired" For 11th 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 11th consecutive 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 11 consecutive years.
Genesis has consistently adopted innovative technologies to accomplish key goals of safety and quality.
In the past year, Genesis has implemented My Genesis, a patient portal allowing patients to have convenient access to their health records through a secured web site. No matter where a Genesis patient may be, they have access to their health records, including medication records and records from previous physician appointments and hospitalizations.
“Genesis continues to be 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. “Genesis leadership has been very supportive of the purchase and implementation of new technology benefitting patient care.’’
Health Care’s Most Wired Survey asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys representing 1,900 hospitals, or about 30 percent of U.S. Hospitals.
Among the findings of this year’s survey:
- Sixty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals, including Genesis, report sharing critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care givers.
- Eighty-one percent of Most Wired hospitals, including Genesis, match medications to the patient by ordering via bar code technology at the bedside.
- Thirty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals, including Genesis, collect and provide data from patient encounters to create a community health record.
- Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals, including Genesis, manage care transitions compared with 57 percent of all responding organizations.
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 continue to move 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.
About Genesis Health System
Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a full continuum of health care services in a 12-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Our affiliates include: acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Centers in Davenport, DeWitt, Iowa, Silvis, Ill., and Aledo, Ill.; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance program and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living facilities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with more than 170 primary care physicians and specialists; the Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency Program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment. Partners include the Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport. Genesis Health System also manages Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. For more information, visit our Web site at www.genesishealth.com.