September 7th, 2013
For the second consecutive year, New London Hospital has earned a Most Wired - Small and Rural award from Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association. NLH is one of only two Critical Access Hospitals in New Hampshire to win this prestigious award. Most Wired health care organizations are recognized for adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.
The award is based on a national annual survey of hospitals' technology use. According to Hospitals & Health Networks' website, hospitals receive the award "based on progress in adoption, implementation and use of information technology" in these areas:
- Clinical quality and safety (both for in- and outpatients)
- Clinical integration
- Business and administrative management
This year, more than 1,700 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all US hospitals, responded to the survey. Of these, only 23 hospitals in the country received the Most Wired award. "This year's Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation," said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. "The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency."
"After receiving the award for the first time last year, the bar has certainly risen. I am pleased to report that our scores in the four focus areas were higher than last year. Our information systems continue to enable our providers to get real time access to clinical data at the point of care," said Dave Foss, NLH Chief Information Officer. "A leading national survey indicated that caregivers had access to available patient data only 40% of the time. At NLH, we decided early on to improve those numbers by using leading edge technology and implementing the right infrastructure. It took education, training and a significant commitment from staff throughout the hospital to make this happen. The change that has occurred over the past few years is quite profound."
"Winning this prestigious award two years in a row is a great achievement. It is a testament to the dedication of our IS team and clinical and support staff, who worked together to make this happen," said Bruce King, President & CEO of New London Hospital. "New London Hospital continues to meet and exceed federal standards for the 'meaningful use' of electronic health record technology to deliver quality patient care and to reduce health costs."