Thursday, July 10, 2014
Alexian Brothers Health System Named To 2014 Most Wired List
ALEXIAN BROTHERS HEALTH SYSTEM NAMED TO 2014 MOST WIRED LIST
MOST WIRED HOSPITALS CONNECT PROVIDERS AND PATIENTS
(Arlington Heights, Ill.) – Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), which includes St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates, Ill. and Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, Ill., has been named to the nation's Most Wired, Most Improved list, according to the 16th annual Health Care's Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association.
As the nation's health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect disparate care providers. The magazine evaluates hospitals on information technology in four areas: infrastructure, business/administrative management, clinical quality/safety, and clinical integration. ABHS is one of 25 organizations named “Most Improved” for significant enhancements made between 2012 and 2013.
“Alexian Brothers Health System is proud to be recognized among the nation's Most Wired healthcare organizations. This year's recognition as 'Most Improved' acknowledges the efforts of our IT team and Health System leadership, whose focus has been on implementation of software products that will enhance patient safety; improve data sharing between providers, and create a secure operating environment,” stated Sherrie Russell, ABHS Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
Survey leaders choose health care systems that are making great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. That 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.
“The Most Wired data show that shared health information allows clinicians and patients to have the information they need to promote health and make the most informed decisions about treatments,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals, their clinicians and their communities are doing tremendous work to enhance their IT systems in ways that support care and delivery improvement, and patient engagement goals.”
To that end, nearly all participants in the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study have an established health IT project governance process and evaluate existing workflow processes and desired outcomes.
Among some of the key findings related to improving quality and patient safety:
- Nurses and physicians share best practices for patient safety and use checklists at more than 90 percent of Most Wired organizations.
- To help consumers make better decisions about their health care, standard measures of individual hospital quality performance are reported and publicly available. Nearly half of Most Wired organizations share this information on their websites and 86 percent provide quality scores to clinical leaders on a regular basis as part of their performance improvement initiatives.
The 2014 Most Wired Survey also covered the evolution of new models and payment from the IT perspective. As health care delivery moves to a value-based system, it will require more and better use of data analytics, care coordination and population health management.
- 36 percent of Most Wired hospitals aggregate data from patient encounters to create a community health record.
- 71 percent of Most Wired hospitals manage care transitions compared with 57 percent of all responding organizations.
- 43 percent of Most Wired organizations integrate clinical and claims data so that they are accessible, searchable, and reportable across the care community
Health Care's Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
About Alexian Brothers Health System
The Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) is a diversified Catholic healthcare organization headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois. ABHS includes five northwest suburban Chicago hospitals and conveniently located outpatient facilities that serves more than two million people every year. We exist to care for the sick and promote healing, with special attention to poor and vulnerable persons. Each service is in place to improve quality of life – and to accomplish the Alexian Brothers 800-year-old mission of promoting the physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being of all individuals. ABHS is part of St. Louis-based Ascension Health, the nation‟s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, and the third-largest system in the United States. For more information, visit www.alexianbrothershealth.org
About the AHA
The AHA is a nonprofit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.
About the Most Wired Survey
The 2014 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association.