Most Wired Hospitals Lead the Field in Consumer-directed Health Care
July 24, 2006
"This award gets more sophisticated every year. PeaceHealth won because of systems that span the entire enterprise-not because of any one piece. I would like to thank the many, many people across PeaceHealth that have contributed to this success," said John Haughom, PeaceHealth Senior Vice President for Clinical Quality and Patient Safety.
The nation's 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems are helping consumers take charge of their health care by providing more tools via the Internet, according to results from the eighth annual Most Wired Survey, released today. Among the findings:
"Consumers are doing everything from booking travel to managing their finances from their living rooms. The Most Wired hospitals provide the same opportunities with health care," says Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association (AHA). "This will become the new house-call."
The nation's 100 Most Wired are also using information technology to improve quality, satisfaction and patient care by investing in technology to streamline business and clinical practices; to reduce medical errors; and to improve clinical outcomes, as follows:
"As consumers become increasingly
involved in their health care decisions, the Most Wired hospitals
are providing the technology infrastructure necessary to address
their needs," said Lewis Redd, managing director of Accenture's
Health & Life Sciences Provider practice in North America.
"This investment in clinical systems technology helps enable
high-performing providers to deliver higher-quality results and
better service to their patients and consumers."
The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation's hospitals use of information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.
Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2006 survey in cooperation with Accenture, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.
About the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study
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