A number of hospitals in the Philadelphia Tri-State region were named in July to the Most Wired hospitals list.
The annual Most Wired survey, released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, recognizes healthcare organizations for information technology achievements in infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and the care continuum. The survey also included questions based on concepts of meaningful use.
The 2012 Most Wired honorees included Abington (Pa.) Health; Nemours/Alfred. I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.; Crozer-Keystone Health System in Springfield, Pa.; Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, Pa.; Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa.; and Main Line Health in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, Pa., was selected for Most Wireds Small and Rural list, while The Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa., Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (N.J.) and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia were honored among 25 winners as the Most Improved facilities.
Among the surveys findings were that 100% of Most Wired hospitals check for drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors, and 93% employ intrusion-detection systems to protect patient privacy and the security of patient data compared with 77% of the total responders. Nearly half use social media for community outreach and crisis communication.