Beaumont Health System has been named among the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals, according to Health Care's "Most Wired" 2014 survey released in the July issue of Hospitals and Health Networks,a publication of the American Hospital Association. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the survey.
Beaumont was one of 375 organizations designated as a Most Wired health system. A total of 680 hospitals and health systems completed the survey, representing more than 1,900 hospitals.
Since the survey's inception, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. The survey criteria includes adopting 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.
Participating hospitals and health systems are assessed based on four areas of focus: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety (inpatient/outpatient hospital); and clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community). Specific requirements are set in each of the four focus areas and organizations must meet all of them to achieve the "Most Wired" designation.
"Beaumont views information technology as a strategic asset that is a key enabler of our delivery of high quality, high-value health care," says Subra Sripada, executive vice president and chief administrative and information officer, Beaumont Health System. "Being recognized yet again on the 2014 list affirms the hard work of our team and demonstrates Beaumont's commitment to being a technology leader in the health care industry."
Among the survey findings this year include considerable activity around all aspects of patient engagement:
- 82 percent of Most Wired hospitals allow patients to check test results via a portal
- 53 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer patients with chronic conditions self-management tools via a portal
- 58 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer an app that provides access to the patient portal
- 40 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer secure messaging
The 2014 Most Wired Survey also covered the evolution of new models and payment from the IT perspective. As health care delivery moves to a value-based system, it will require more and better use of data analytics, care coordination and population health management.
- 36 percent of Most Wired hospitals aggregate data from patient encounters to create a community health record
- 71 percent of Most Wired hospitals manage care transitions compared with 57 percent of all responding organizations
- 43 percent of Most Wired organizations integrate clinical and claims data so that it is accessible, searchable, and reportable across the care community
The July Hospitals & Health Networks magazine cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.
About the American Hospital Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.aha.org.
About Beaumont Health System
Beaumont Health System is a three-hospital regional health system with 1,778 licensed beds, more than 14,000 full-time equivalent employees and nearly 3,100 physicians, including 500 employed physicians in the Beaumont Medical Group and more than 2,600 private-practice physicians. In addition to its hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe, Beaumont has 54 community-based sites of care including medical centers in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, family practice and internal medicine practices, five nursing centers, home care services and hospice. The Beaumont Research Institute has 1,100 active research studies with more than 82,000 participants. Beaumont is the exclusive clinical teaching site for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.