Most Wired Hospitals Wield Tools of Technology
DETROIT – July 23, 2007 – Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has been named one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2007 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine which has named the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems since 1999.
“The Detroit Medical Center is honored to have been designated as a Most Wired hospital,” said Michael LeRoy, senior vice president and chief information officer of the Detroit Medical Center. “This recognition exemplifies DMC’s commitment to advancing patient care and improving the patient experience through the use of world-class information technology systems and best practices.”
Together with its IT services provider, CareTech Solutions, DMC has implemented a highly-functional EMR as well as wireless technology and supporting systems for patient bedside access in the administration of patient care. Upgrades to associated clinical systems to optimize delivery within an EMR were also completed. As part of the initiative, the healthcare system upgraded infrastructure and networks to promote full connectivity across the system and secure remote access. The implementations have effectively created a “paperless” clinical environment that operates across the DMC’s multiple facilities, improving patient care and saving the healthcare system vast amounts of time and resources.
The nation’s 100 Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in four key areas: mortality rates, patient safety measures from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), core measures from Hospital Compare and average length of stay. Based on analysis of the ninth annual Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study results, hospitals are embracing technology as a key tool for health care quality improvements.
“Many hospitals have made strong commitments to using information technology to improve the quality of care,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). “They are combining technology with clinical knowledge and creativity with a focus on improving outcomes, and making care safer and more streamlined for both patients and clinicians.”
Hospitals investing in quality are also investing in IT. “The Most Wired hospitals are focused on quality,” says Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospital & Health Networks. The analysis does not establish a direct causal relationship between technology and outcomes, however, health care organizations are looking to measure trends documenting better outcomes.
The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation’s hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.
Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2007 survey in cooperation with Accenture, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.
About the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study
Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association, conducts the voluntary Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study annually and names the 100 Most Wired.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.
McKesson Corporation is the world’s largest healthcare services, technology and automation company.
CHIME was formed with the dual objective of serving the professional development needs of healthcare chief information officers and advocating the more effective use of information management within health care.
About Detroit Medical Center
The Detroit Medical Center operates 9 hospitals and institutes, including Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Michigan Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Kresge Eye Institute and is in partnership with Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Established as a nonprofit corporation in 1985, the Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education. The Detroit Medical Center is the academic health center for Wayne State University and its schools of medicine, nursing and allied health services. Wayne State University School of Medicine is the fourth largest medical school in the United States.
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