For the ninth year in a row, Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) has been ranked as one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems. AnMed Health, a South Carolina affiliate of CHS, also received Most Wired recognition for the third year in a row.
Results are based on the national Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN) Benchmarking Study where hospitals report on their adoption and use of information technology in the focus areas of infrastructure, business and administrative systems, clinical quality and safety systems, as well as its use throughout the care continuum of hospitals, physician practices and other patient care locations.
“Each year the bar is raised by H&HN to recognize national health care leaders that adopt technology to increase efficiencies and improve the quality of health care services,” said Craig Richardville, CHS Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “Our continued recognition reflects our ongoing commitment to identify, implement and adopt technologies that improve CHS.”
“Putting the patient first provides the direction and paves the way for our success in the areas of patient safety, quality, service excellence and efficiency through the adoption of information technology,” he added.
Richardville pointed to several current initiatives that are advancing CHS’s “patient first” philosophy:
- Canopy, the CHS electronic medical records initiative that was instituted in 2011 to securely connect patient medical information throughout all points of access across CHS, has continued to enhance the delivery of high-quality patient care.
- As part of Canopy, CHS demonstrated leading edge implementation of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) in support of its clinically integrated environment across acute and ambulatory care settings.
- Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Children’s Hospital, CMC-University, CMC-Mercy and CMC-Pineville have received Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Stage 6 recognitions for their successful adoption and implementation of advanced clinical systems.
- The implementation of advanced strategies for clinical analytics will allow CHS to gain additional insight from medical information and improve the quality of care from the populations CHS serves.
CHS continues to demonstrate a high degree of clinician leadership and engagement by its chief medical officers, quality division, hospitals, ambulatory physician practice networks, and Information Services.
“The programs we have in place will improve our work in both the clinical and non-clinical settings,” said Brent Lambert, MD, CHS Vice President of Medical Informatics. “Our physicians and staff have the most up-to-date technology for submitting and transferring patient data in a secure environment, and our patients will be better served because of the more efficient processes we’ve put in place.”
Award winners were recognized for their innovative use of information technology in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks and at the 2011 Annual Health Forum/AHA Leadership summit from July 17-19 in San Diego, Calif.