According to the July 2013 survey, Main Line Health has been named one of the nation’s Most Wired health systems. This is the fifth time in the last six years that Main Line Health has been recognized by the Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.
The survey was conducted between January 15 and March 15, and is designed to measure the level of IT initiative in U.S. hospitals and health systems. Recognition is based on the organization’s accomplishments and their IT initiative. Most Wired hospitals lead the way in technology at all levels, from Infrastructure and Business and Administration applications to Clinical Quality and Safety and Care Continuum.
This year, 659 hospitals and health systems completed the survey, representing 1,713 hospitals, roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals. Among the key findings of 2013:
• 64% of Most Wired hospitals have a pilot or full-program of
personal health records
• 70% of all hospitals and 77% of Most Wired hospitals engage in quality scores delivered electronically to clinical leaders monthly
• Patient portals and other IT tools will aid in the patients’ health management using mobile applications and devices. 41% of Most Wired hospitals utilize a patient portal or Web-based solution for patient data.
Main Line Health has been a leader in forward thinking as technology continues to advance in the healthcare system. Recently, ePlus Technology, Inc., had been selected by Main Line Health to assist in the operation of certain network infrastructure. The main focus will be to support a new disaster recovery and business continuity data center. MLH is looking forward to fulfilling this technological requirement to better ensure their patient’s safety.
“Main Line takes pride in our IT investments that allows us to provide high quality care,” said Karen Thomas, senior vice president and CIO of Main Line Health.
MLH also has electronic documentation that produces a quick and proficient method to receiving diagnostic results. Progressive systems such as voice recognition and picture archiving are also being integrated in the five-hospital health system.
Technology has become the driving force to enhance quality, efficiency, and safety for patients and staff.
Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2013 survey with McKesson Corporation and CHIME.
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals — Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital — as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and the Home Care Network, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including recognition among Truven Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Hospitals and top 20% of health systems in the nation, and Magnet®, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.
Mary Kate Coghlan
© 2013 Main Line Health