Most Wired Hospitals Improve Efficiency with Health Information Technology
Norman Regional Health System has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired, Most Improved according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Norman Regional has been honored with this distinction three times in the past four years.
The nation’s Most Wired hospitals are leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas, according to Health Care’s Most Wired 2012 Survey. As a field, hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data, and optimizes patient flow and communications.
Norman Regional continues to be recognized as a national leader in healthcare technology, said Dr. Brian Yeaman, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Norman Regional. The health system has implemented electronic health records in both its physician clinics and across every unit of its three hospitals.
“We are leading the way in healthcare with technology to engage patients through personal health records and through health information exchange where we connect providers with critical information to promote safer and more coordinated care for our patients,” Dr. Yeaman said. “While we pride ourselves in continuing to be ‘high tech’, we ensure that our doctors and nurses can remain ‘high touch’ to deliver some of the best and safest healthcare in the country.”
John Meharg, Director of Health Information Technology, said that while Most Wired is an IT award, the recognition belongs to the whole Health System.
“Norman Regional has made great progression in our IT offering and have really been maximizing the system we have,” Meharg said.
Norman Regional was one of four Oklahoma hospitals to be recognized by Most Wired.
“As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT 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.
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 662 surveys, representing 1,570 hospitals, or roughly 27 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
About the Most Wired Survey
The 2012 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the American Hospital Association.