LRMC Named “Most Wired” Hospital 2013
Wednesday, July 10 2013
Lakeland Regional Medical Center has received the annual “Most Wired” hospital award, one of only 11 hospitals (out of 303) in Florida to be granted this 2013 recognition. This rating is based on the results of the “Health Care’s Most Wired Survey” completed earlier this year by hospitals and health systems nationwide about their Health Information Technology (HIT) Services including infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration.
The 2013 Most Wired status was awarded by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, a leading hospital and healthcare system industry trade journal published by Health Forum, Inc., an American Hospital Association (AHA) information company. Only 289 hospitals across the country received this recognition based on their creation and utilization of robust clinical information systems aimed at improving the quality and safety of patient care. This includes adoption of 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 Most Wired recognition is the direct result of the leadership and support for technology exhibited by Elaine Thompson, Ph.D., President and CEO of Lakeland Regional Health Systems,” said Mary Carroll Ford, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “It is her belief in the power of technology to change clinical outcomes and the support of the Board of Directors to fund this critical initiative that has made this possible,” said Ford.
More important than the Most Wired recognition is the enhanced patient safety and quality enabled through the underlying information technology, notes Ford.
“Clinicians caring for patients at LRMC now have real-time access to the medical records, clinical indicators and other critical data that can literally save lives through informed decision making,” said J. Scott Swygert, M.D., Chief Quality Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer for Lakeland Regional Health Systems.
Some examples of advanced HIT initiatives at LRMC include:
- Electronic Health Records, fully implemented at LRMC in June of 2012, means rather than tracking down the traditional paper copy of patient’s medical record, physicians and nurses now have immediate access to virtually all clinical results and documentation for their patients.
- Computerized Physician Order Entry, speeds diagnostic test orders and prescriptions directly to the appropriate clinical area for processing. All orders at LRMC are now placed electronically resulting in: improved accuracy of entries; better clinical decisions being made based on electronically accessible, evidence-based best practices and protocols; and immediate access to all patient records for other clinicians involved in that patient’s active care. Caregivers also receive critical alerts when new clinical results are posted.
- A Positive Patient Identification system uses barcode technology to validate the patient and the medication before delivery in order to eliminate errors and ensure the right patient gets the right medication at the right time.
- A Campus-wide Wireless Network means that clinicians can access patient records via secure remote access at any place within LRMC, and can use virtually any wireless device. In addition, patients and families have convenient internet access during their stay to remain in touch with others.
- A Health Information Exchange acts as a means to securely share patient-authorized electronic health information via a “digital highway” allowing physicians to obtain needed medical findings across various locations of care, e.g., hospital and the physician’s office. For instance, participating primary care physicians in the community receive an electronic notification that one of their patients was seen in the LRMC Emergency Department. Sharing clinical information across locations also reduces duplication of tests and helps coordinate patient care.
“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.” The AHA, which includes nearly 5,000 member hospitals, is a not-for-profit association of healthcare provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities.