(Middletown, NY) -Orange Regional Medical Center has been awarded by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)’s 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired™ survey. Orange Regional is one of only 22 hospitals in New York State to be recognized with the Most Wired award.
The 2016 Most Wired™ survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer for measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. Recognition as a Most Wired™ hospital organization validates Orange Regional’s excellence in IT leadership on the frontlines of healthcare transformation. This distinction stands as a testament to the hospital’s commitment to improving care delivery and outcomes through creative and revolutionary uses of technology.
“At Orange Regional, we are continually adapting and updating our procedures to ensure optimal clinical workflows with fast and secure access to patient information,” said Brian Tew, Chief Information Officer for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “Our priority is to provide seamless access to patient information, which allows clinicians to deliver optimal care. Being named a Most Wired™ hospital solidifies our IT and Electronic Medical Records efforts, and the dedicated work of our entire staff.”
The Most Wired™ award recognizes Orange Regional’s efforts for utilizing IT protocols to achieve maximum healthcare performance in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration. The award methodology sets specific requirements in each of these four focus areas. Hospitals must adhere to enhanced standards such as making electronic health records accessible to clinicians and staff, patient flow automation, digital clinical imaging, providing online health information for patient education and more.
According to the survey, Most Wired™ hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists. This year’s results show:
- The top three telehealth services offered in hospitals are consultations and office visits, stroke care, and psychiatric examinations and psychotherapy.
- Stroke care is the most rapid growth area for telehealth services up 38 percent from 2015, as evidence-based studies emphasize the time urgency of stroke care.
- More than 25 percent of hospitals use internet-enabled monitoring devices for chronic disease management of congestive heart failure, diabetes and heart disease.
- In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired™ hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.
- 68 percent accept patient-generated data through the patient portal.
- 26 percent of Most Wired organizations offer E-visits through a mobile application.
- 61 percent use social media to provide support groups.
Most Wired™ hospitals are utilizing population health management tools and partnering with other health care providers to share critical clinical information used in analyzing interventions aimed at key patient groups, such as those with diabetes. To get patients the right care, hospitals are using predictive modeling to eliminate preventable problems.
- 53 percent interface electronic health record data with population health tools.
- 62 percent stratify patients according to risk.
- 51 percent aggregate data from patient encounters to create a community health record.
The versatility of mobile technologies makes it possible for clinicians and care team members to have the right tools for sound clinical decision-making wherever they are: 81 percent of Most Wired™ hospitals use mobile applications to notify clinicians of sudden changes in patient conditions and correlated events such as falls or respiratory distress or failure. As they build out new capabilities, hospitals are also taking strong actions to ensure health data is secure.
- More than 90 percent use intrusion detection systems, privacy audit systems and security incident event management to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities and produce real-time analysis of security alerts.
- 84 percent conduct a third-party security audit annually to ensure that guidelines are followed.