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Health system earns information technology award for thirteenth straight year

Jul 21, 2015 12:07PM ● Published by Erica Shames

Geisinger Health System has been listed for the thirteenth consecutive year among the country’s “Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems” by Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.

“Health information technology plays a vital role in allowing us to touch all of our patients and enhance the quality of their patient care experiences,” said David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, president and CEO, Geisinger Health System. “What makes this honor so gratifying is that it represents the nation’s most innovative, patient-focused organizations.”

Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation’s hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired survey, released last week by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The 2015 Most Wired survey is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.

Geisinger is involved in several health information exchanges and has been previously cited for its innovative OpenNotes program that allows patients to view doctor’s notes through an online portal. “Geisinger in Motion” is the health system’s latest large-scale initiative to untether physicians and nurses from desktop PCs as well as bricks and mortar. It provides iPhones and iPads to physicians and nurses for secure, mobile access to patient records anytime and anywhere. Another initiative provides iPads to patients undergoing elective procedures at the hospital.

“Our goal is to shift care delivery services closer to the patient, closer to home or even in the home,” says Alistair Erskine, M.D., chief clinical informatics officer in Geisinger’s Division of Applied Research & Clinical Informatics (DARCI).

Geisinger has implemented a “Bring Your Own Smartphone Device” (BYOD) model for clinicians to connect to mobile versions of Geisinger clinical systems and deployed iPhones to nurses, pharmacists and other care-team members.

“As Geisinger grows and the national health care environment continues to evolve, the information technology needs of health systems and patients throughout the country grow along with it,” said Frank Richards, chief information officer, Geisinger Health System. “We are proud to have an information technology team in place that allows us to meet the growing needs of our care providers and patients.”

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