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Carolinas HealthCare System Named "Most Wired" for 11th Straight Year

Hospitals and Health Networks magazine has named Carolinas HealthCare System a “Most Wired” healthcare system for the 11th straight year.  AnMed Health, an Anderson, SC-based healthcare system affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System, received a “Most Wired” designation for the fifth consecutive year.

Results from hospital systems that participated in this year’s survey show growing use of information technology to make healthcare data available to physicians to better coordinate care.  Efforts are also growing to use technology to improve patient access to their own medical records and establish true partnerships between patients and physicians to improve lifestyles and manage chronic conditions.

Among the initiatives Carolinas HealthCare System has underway are: 

  • Using clinical data available through its Dickson Advanced Analytics unit to improve how physicians practice medicine and spot lifestyle trends among populations that can contribute to health problems.
  • Launching MyCarolinas, a patient portal that allows patients to access their medical records, view test results, schedule appointments and communicate securely with their doctors.
  • Proceeding with the rollout of an electronic medical records platform that allows the sharing of medical information among physicians in multiple locations to improve continuity of care.

“Being included in such a prestigious list for so many years in a row reflects Carolinas HealthCare System’s belief in the key role information technology plays in improving patient care,” said Craig Richardville, senior vice president and chief information officer, Carolinas HealthCare System.  “By getting an early start in making needed technology improvements, we can quickly adapt to the current revolution in healthcare delivery and are positioned to prosper no matter where this revolution takes us.”

The Most Wired survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, asked healthcare systems nationwide to answer questions about their IT initiatives. 

Respondents completed 680 surveys, which represents 1,900 hospitals or 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.