News Release: August 5, 2014
Adventist Health System among Most Wired
Hinsdale – The hospitals within the Adventist Health System have been included on Hospital & Health Networks list of the Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems.
Comprised of 44 campuses – including hospitals in the Midwest region, Adventist Bolingbrook, Adventist GlenOaks, Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals – Adventist Health System’s inclusion on the list is based on the Health Care’s Most Wired survey.
“Being identified as a Most Wired hospital has been accomplished through hard work by many teams across the enterprise,” said Thomas Schoenig, chief information officer with Adventist Midwest Health. “At Adventist Midwest Health, we recognize information technology is at the core of how we provide quality patient care safely and operate efficiently. Through our investment and deployment in information technology, this has allowed us the ability to access pertinent information in a timely fashion.”
“Our focus is on using this technology to continually improve patient care, and we are honored to be recognized for our effective technology adoption,” he added.
Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys representing 1,900 hospitals, roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
The methodology used to determine the Most Wired survey winners sets specific requirements in four areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration.
“The Most Wired data show that shared health information allows clinicians and patients to have the information they need to promote health and make the most informed decisions about treatments,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals, their clinicians and their communities are doing tremendous work to enhance their IT systems in ways that support care and delivery improvement, and patient engagement goals.”
Hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect disparate care providers as 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Nurses and physicians share best practices for patient safety and use checklists at more than 90 percent of Most Wired organizations. Nearly all participants in the Most Wired Survey have an established health IT project governance process and evaluate existing workflow processes and desired outcomes. 69 percent of Most Wired hospitals use tools for retrospective analysis of clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving the quality of care and reducing the cost of care delivered.
The Hospitals & Health Networks cover story detailing the results is available at www.hhnmag.com.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.
Media contact: Katie Quirke, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, firstname.lastname@example.org; (630) 856-2357.