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Friends of New London Hospital | September/October 2013
Most Wired” – continued from page 1
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
Infrastructure
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.”
It’s Not Too Late...
September 30 is coming quickly,
and that means NLH is closing in
on its financial year-end. To be counted
among 2013 donors, please use the
convenient envelope provided in this
newsletter to make a donation to the
Annual Fund by September 30. NLH
depends on Annual Fund donations
to make up some of the difference
between what services cost and the
payments received for them. The
hospital appreciates your generous
help now, and at any time. Your
contribution will help maintain this
vibrant community resource, which
provides many local services when
needed by you or your family.