News Release: Emory Healthcare

Jul. 13,  2010

Emory Healthcare Named 2010 One of "Most Wired" Hospital Organizations

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Emory Healthcare has been recognized as one of the nation's most wired health care organizations according to the results of the 2010 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Hospital leaders understand the importance of health information technology (IT) and the benefits of its widespread adoption. However, hospitals across the country still face significant barriers to implementation, according to a newly released survey of America's Most Wired hospitals and health systems. According to Emory Healthcare Chief Information Officer Dee Cantrell, inclusion among some of the nation's top hospitals is further proof of Emory's commitment to ensuring patient safety, security, privacy and convenience.

"Our continued investment, both financially and strategically, in information technology has positioned Emory as a national leader, and has allowed us to provide the very best patient experience, including ongoing improvements in care, safety and world class facilities," says Cantrell. "This is a great accomplishment for Emory Healthcare and excellent news for the patients we serve each day. I am so very proud of everyone who worked so hard to make this happen."

This year's survey reveals continued progress for hospitals in patient safety initiatives:

  • Fifty-one percent of medication orders were done electronically by physicians at Most Wired hospitals, up from 49 percent last year.
  • Over half (55 percent) of Most Wired hospitals match medication orders at the bedside through bar coding or radio-frequency identification, up from 49 percent in 2009 and from 23 percent five years ago.
  •  Additionally, Most Wired hospitals have made improvements when it comes to sharing information during care transitions. For example, new medication lists are electronically delivered to caregivers and patients 94 percent of the time when a patient is transferred within the hospital, 98 percent at discharge and 86 percent when transferred to another care setting.

"The survey results highlight that continued progress is being made but the full potential of health IT has not been meet," says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). "Hospitals embrace health IT and recognize the many benefits it can provide to patients, but even Most Wired hospitals face barriers to adoption. We have asked that the federal government stimulate greater adoption by making Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments more widely available to hospitals and physicians so more hospitals can move in this direction."

Survey results speak to the fact that the full potential of health IT has not been met and that the use of electronic medical record (EHR) functions is still not widespread, even with independent physicians who practice within hospitals. For Most Wired hospitals, only 43 percent of independent physician practices have the ability to electronically document medical records, 41 percent have computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and 44 percent have decision support.

The 2010 Most Wired Survey is redesigned this year to reflect two years of work with an advisory group to continually improve the Most Wired Survey. The 2010 Most Wired Survey represents a new structure and methodology with an increased use of analytics and reporting. The advisory group comprised leaders from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), chief information officers, Most Wired staff and vendors. Additionally, the new methodology was made available to the entire CHIME membership for review and comment. The Most Wired list is available at: www.hhnmostwired.com/hhnmostwired_app/

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