Monday, July 14, 2014
MetroHealth Receives "Most Wired" Designation
The MetroHealth System is Greater Cleveland’s sole representative on the 2014 Most Wired
Hospitals and Health Systems list, published by Hospitals & Health Networks
The award recognizes both the infrastructure and practical use of advanced technology at MetroHealth.
“We are at the point where information technology not only enhances the quality and delivery of health care, it also becomes a vital part of our daily practice,” said Donald Reichert, vice president and associate chief information officer at The MetroHealth System
The technology recognized by the “Most Wired” designation directly impacts patient care by:
- Ensuring that patients get the right medication via bar code technology.
- Enhancing the sharing of health information, both within The MetroHealth System and with outside providers.
- Saving patients time by allowing them to make appointments online with MyChart.
- Providing guidance to doctors by placing best practices within the system so they have at their fingertips ways of dealing with differing conditions.
- Improving the way blood pressure and other vitals are recorded by inputting the numbers directly into the system, thereby avoiding potential human error.
“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
, which publishes Hospitals & Health Networks
MetroHealth received Stage 7 (highest-level) recognition from Health Information Management Systems Society last month
for its use of electronic health records at its ambulatory centers.