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 percent of Most Wired hospitals have a pilot or full-program of personal health records.
- 70 percent of all hospitals and 77 percent 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 percent 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. Main Line Health is looking forward to fulfilling this technological requirement to better ensure their patient’s safety.
“Main Line Health 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.
Main Line Health 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.