Guthrie Health among nation’s most wired medical facilities

SAYRE – Guthrie Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

This is third consecutive year and the seventh time in twelve years Guthrie has been recognized for a Most Wired award.

“It is a great accomplishment for Guthrie to be recognized with this award.” said Dale Swingle, Vice President, Information Services.

The Most Wired Hospitals award is given annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine to the top hospitals and health systems in the country making the most progress in the adoption of health information technology.

“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care.

This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.

Sixty-nine percent of most wired hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians.

Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders.

Sixty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders.