NEW: Care New England Named Most Wired Healthcare Organization

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


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Care New England is Rhode Island's only healthcare organization to be named Most Wired for 2012, according to Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine.

Care New England Health System (CNE) was named a Most Wired health care organization, with a designation of Most Improved, according to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The nation’s Most Wired hospitals are leveraging health information technology to improve performance in a number of areas. Care New England was the only RI-based health care organization named to the list for 2012.  

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized nationally for our efforts to use technology to provide better and safer outcomes for our patients,” said Dennis Keefe, president and CEO of Care New England. “Our vision for the new world of health care includes a high-value and high-quality continuum of care for the people of Rhode Island and our region. Achieving this state of technology readiness is something we’re extremely proud of.”

Health information technology

“Health information technology is an absolutely essential element in the transformation of our health system and the care we provide,” said Cedric Priebe, MD, senior vice president and chief information officer at CNE. “[It] is one of our most powerful levers to move the needle on quality and cost effectiveness of care and this recognition is a clear acknowledgement of Care New England’s efforts to do just that.”

Most Wired hospitals

As a field, hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting information technology that protects patient data, and optimizes patient flow and communications, according to Hospitals and Health Networks. Most Wired hospitals employ many of the same key practices. According to Hospitals and Health Networks, all of the Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors. Further, 93 percent of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data. Seventy-four percent of Most Wired hospitals use automated patient flow systems, while only 57 percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems. Ninety percent of Most Wired hospitals and only 73 percent of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.

How technology improves patient care

“As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how information technology not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals receiving Most Wired recognition are truly representative of our nation's hospitals and systems – rural and urban, small and large, teaching and non-teaching, and critical access hospitals geographically dispersed.”

The 2012 Most Wired Survey was conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the AHA. The results of the survey were released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

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