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SJMO Named ‘Most Wired’ In National Survey
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Named ‘Most Wired’ In National Survey

St. Joe’s One of 16 Michigan Hospitals to Receive Designation

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) was named a “Most Wired” hospital in the 15th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. The survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association (AHA). SJMO is one of 16 Michigan hospitals to receive the designation.

Results of the survey were published in the AHA’s Hospitals and Health Networks® publication for hospital and system executives. Conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2013, the survey asked hospital and health systems to respond to questions about their IT initiatives.  A total of 1,713, or 30 percent, of U.S. hospitals participated.

“St. Joe’s is honored to be recognized as one of the most wired hospitals,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO.  “We consistently pursue the newest innovations and technologies that will help us provide optimal patient care and safety.”

Most Wired hospitals and health systems were recognized for demonstrating progress through innovation and for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care.  Examples include:

  • Adopting technologies to improve patient documentation
  • Establishing advanced clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, and
  • Reducing the likelihood of medication errors.

Some key findings from the survey include:

  • The percentage of medication orders entered electronically by physicians in Most Wired hospitals has increased from 27 percent in 2004 to 69 percent in 2013.
  • A total of 71 percent of Most Wired hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders to the survey.
  • Sixty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders. 
  • Thirty-two percent of Most Wired hospitals conduct controlled experiments or scenario-planning to make better management decisions.
  • Forty-one percent of Most Wired hospitals provide a patient portal or Web-based solution for patient-generated data so that the patient’s health care information can follow him or her through the continuum of care.

The Most Wired Survey focused on four areas:  infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety (inpatient/outpatient hospital) and clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community).

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