Health Care's Most Wired
For the fifth time, Spooner Health System (SHS) has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired facilities according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. SHS was also recognized as a Most Wired organization in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their Information Technology (IT) initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation” says 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.”
“We’ve used our electronic medical record to successfully meet the first stage guidelines of meaningful use,” explains Mike DiPasquale, IT Director of SHS. Meaningful use is the latest federal guidelines related to the use of the electronic record in health care. The goal of meaningful use is to improve health care in the United States by using technology in a meaningful manner that will offer more complete and accurate information as well as better access to information.
Many organizations have very good hardware/software technology but the focus of the Most Wired award is how well the facility uses the technology throughout the organization in all of the departments. In other words, it really looks at how well the departments are "wired" together using their technology.
“We are honored to receive the Most Wired Award five times,” says Mike Schafer, CEO of SHS. “We do have a great IT department and they obviously play an integral role. I also personally appreciate each of our employees who are committed to providing the high quality, safe care our patients deserve.”
“As I have said in the past, the IT department was the vehicle,” says DiPasquale, “but it really takes all of the employees at Spooner Health System working together to attain an achievement like this. I’m proud to be part of an organization that values technology and has such a great employee team.”
DiPasquale was invited to be a feature speaker at the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) Forum this past spring honoring SHS for winning the Most Wired award several times and questioning him on how SHS has achieved their success in using technology throughout the organization.
The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by H&HN magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which uses the results to name the top Most Wired hospitals and health systems in the United States. It focuses on how the nation’s hospitals use information 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 July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.