Central Peninsula Hospital Wins Most Improved Wireless Hospital Award
CHICAGO—July 7, 2009—Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH) has been named to the nation’s MOST IMPROVED Wired Hospital according to the results of the 2009 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
The 25 Most Improved are organizations who improved the most from the previous year. Marking its 11th year, the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study continues to lead the field in analyses and benchmarking of healthcare Information Technology (IT).
It is Central Peninsula Hospital’s goal to improve patient care and widen their technology advantage over other organizations.
• The Most Wired hospitals have a wide variety of offerings available over the Internet for patient service and customer support, ranging from online patient registration to disease specific self-triage. CPH has made vast improvements to the online experience for patients, physicians, and employees. That investment is planned to continue for years to come.
• IT education is a priority among the Most Wired hospitals and health systems. With the addition of the Mountain Tower, CPH has dedicated time and a computer lab for information systems educational proposes for staff and employees.
• Most Wired hospitals have significantly higher adoption rates among doctors and nurses across a broad set of clinical activities, such as clinical order entry and results review, compared with the least wired hospitals. It is the goal of CPH to provide clinical information to patients, physicians, and staff in a user easy format for clinical decisions to be made accurate and timely.
“The Board of Directors at Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH) made IT a part of our strategic plan due to its ability to improve patient outcomes and safety. This support has lead to dramatic achievements in the advancement of technology within the organization over the past year,” says Jason Paret, CFO for CPH.
“We have increased Health Information Technology (HIT) planning activities to ensure that Central Peninsula Hospital is prepared to take our providers, our patients, and our community to the next level of HIT which will include a patient portal allowing patients to manage their own Personal Health Record (PHR),” adds Paret.
“As the health reform debate continues, it’s clear that IT will play an even more important role in the health system of tomorrow,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). “Most Wired hospitals help illustrate IT in action—improving efficiency, quality and safety of care while helping to control costs.”
According to Bryan Downs, Director of Information Services for CPH, "while investing in technology is an important step, commitment to the process changes required in order to capitalize on that technology is the key factor in achieving the desired improvements. This ongoing commitment is what truly makes the difference for our patients, our physicians, and our employees."
As CPH continues to invest in IT that supports quality and safety initiatives. Investment in electronic medication management is considered one of the fundamentals of using IT to improve care. The 2009 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study shows an overall increase in both provider order entry of medications and electronic bedside matching at the time medications are administered. CPH has budgeted to implement electronic bedside reconciliation of medication and plans to implement the technology over the next year.
The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the AHA, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation’s hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.