(July 11, 2013) SELLERSVILLE, Pa. - Grand View Hospital has been named one of America’s “Most Wired” hospitals for a third consecutive year, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine.
The survey found that the nation’s Most Wired hospitals are making great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This 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.
“We are pleased to have again been recognized for our commitment to improving health information technology for the community we serve,” says Jane Loveless, Chief Information Officer at Grand View Hospital. “Projects that allow our patients to connect to crucial information wherever they are and our adoption of new technologies to facilitate access to documentation continue to be on Grand View’s roadmap for the future.”
Grand View continues to build on the infrastructure improvements for health information technology established a number of years ago. The hospital began implementing the electronic medical record (EMR) in 2002, before many other hospitals considered making the transition to digital. Documentation available through the EMR allows clinical staff throughout the hospital and physician offices to provide the best possible care efficiently and accurately. Grand View’s patient portal, an internet-based service that will make parts of a patient’s medical record such as lab results or test results available to patients online, will launch this fall.
“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”
Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15 by the AHA in cooperation with the McKesson Corp., AT&T, and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all US hospitals. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey.
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Now a century strong, Grand View offers a range of care – particularly emphasizing the areas of cancer treatment, women's and children's health, surgery, orthopaedics, and heart and vascular care. Visit www.gvh.org for more information about the hospital, its programs, and services.
About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit 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, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. 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 Web site at www.aha.org.
About the Sponsors
McKesson Corp., currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a health care services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of health care run better. The company partners with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, health care information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit www.mckesson.com
AT&T is connecting healthcare in exciting, efficient new ways to help you enhance clinical collaboration, improve patient engagement and care outcomes, lower costs, and move to value-based care. AT&T ForHealthSM is developing and delivering advanced IT solutions in four areas: mHealth solutions; care collaboration and health information exchange platforms; telehealth solutions; and cloud-based services and applications. From health plans to hospitals to physician offices to patients’ homes, we’re connecting stakeholders across the continuum of care, using smart networks and mobile technologies that help create a healthier world. For more information, visit www.corp.att.com/healthcare/solutions
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior health care IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and more than 85 health care IT vendors and professional services firms, 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 health care in the communities they serve. For more information, visit http://www.cio-chime.org.
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