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MLH Hospitals Named 2012 Most Wired

Friday, July 20, 2012

(Bryn Mawr, Pa. – July 18, 2012) —Main Line Health again was named to Hospital and Health Network’s Most Wired list for 2012.  This is the fourth time in the last five years that MLH has been recognized. The 2012 Most Wired Survey was conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the American Hospital Association. The survey was conducted between January 15 and March 15, and asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 662 surveys, representing 1,570 hospitals — roughly 27 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

 “Being recognized in this list exemplifies Main Line Health’s commitment to staying well ahead in strategic information technology in an effort to provide the best patient experience,” explained Karen Thomas, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Main Line Health. “Our long-term strategic investment in information technology complements our ongoing enhancements in care quality, safety and state-of-the-art facilities.”

As a Most Wired health system, MLH has integrated technology in every facet of the healthcare delivery system, including a comprehensive Electronic Medical Record that brings together every aspect of a patient’s medical care, including medications, results, documentation, and images.   Additionally, MLH uses advanced tools to provide clinicians with clinical decision support in their daily care of patients. 
Most Wired hospitals have made great strides forward in this area with the survey results revealing strong advances in CPOE.  Among the key findings this year: 

  • 93 percent of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to 77 percent of the total responders.  
  • 74 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 57 percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems.
  • 90 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 73 percent of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.
  • 100 percent of Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors.

“Equipping caregivers with the information needed to drive quality, safety and efficiency will continue to be an imperative as the challenges facing health systems grow increasingly complex,” said Pat Blake, president, McKesson Technology Solutions. “The effective use of health IT, including actionable analytics and connectivity, can be a strategic lever as hospitals and health systems work to drive better outcomes while managing capacity, reducing costs and coordinating care across multiple settings and caregivers.”

The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

About the Most Wired Survey
Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the AHA, conducts the voluntary Most Wired Survey annually which uses the results to name Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It is based on organizations’ level of achievement in four focus areas: Business and Administrative

anagement, Clinical Quality and Safety, Care Continuum and Infrastructure. 
McKesson Corporation is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve.

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