Memorial Hospital Recognized as 2017 “Most Wired”
Cutting edge technology used to deliver quality patient care, secure patient data
For the 4th year in a row, Memorial Hospital has been named one of the country’s “Most Wired” hospitals. The study and selections are made from the 19th annual HealthCare’s Most WiredTM survey, sponsored by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum, and published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks.
Memorial is honored to be one of only 32 Ohio hospitals on the list to receive this prestigious award. Nationwide, more than 2,158 hospitals were evaluated with only 513 being selected as “Most Wired”.
“Most Wired” status is awarded to those hospitals and health systems that meet very demanding competency criteria. “Most Wired” facilities must utilize Health Information Technology to improve performance in a number of areas including cyber security, patient safety, patient satisfaction, operational efficiency, and data security, among others.
“While the protection of our patients' health information remains a top priority, we are also looking to use technology to enhance the patients' experience.” explains Carl Zani, Chief Technology Director at Memorial. “The healthcare industry is facing increased demand for web enabled and mobile technology in order to allow access to a patients' healthcare data from almost anywhere. As a result, strong security measures are incorporated throughout our systems with an eye towards continued web and mobile access.”
Some of Memorial’s recent initiatives leading to the award include the use of iPads by rounding nurses and physicians in the med/surg and critical care units; the integrated use of the electronic medical record system across the entire care continuum; a computerized physician order entry system; an electronic patient tracking system in the emergency department; electronic nursing notes; electronic cardiology system; electronic medication administration; numerous paperless systems to benefit our clinical departments; and guest wireless internet access for visitors to the hospital.
In addition, patients have access to a robust Patient Portal, on which they can view information, such as laboratory results, radiology reports, a current medication and allergy list, and instructions given at discharge.
Memorial Health is an independent health system based in Marysville, Ohio, which includes Memorial Hospital’s main campus and satellite outpatient locations including Memorial City Gate Medical Center; Memorial Gables – a skilled nursing facility; Memorial Medical Group – a network of more than 25 physicians and mid-level providers with office locations throughout Marysville, Plain City, and Urbana; and the Memorial Health Foundation.