Lawrence Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2011 Most Wired Survey, released last week in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
The annual survey is conducted in cooperation with the American Hospital Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), HIT Exchange magazine, and McKesson Corporation. This year the survey represented 1,388 hospitals, and 154 hospitals and health systems were designated as Most Wired.
According to the survey, the nation’s Most Wired hospitals are making progress toward greater health information technology adoption. As a field, hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting information technology, such as computerized physician order entry, to promote improved patient care and data collection.
LMH President and CEO Gene Meyer said, “Being named one of the country’s Most Wired hospitals is an honor that recognizes our long-term vision that LMH distinguish itself over other providers by producing measurable outcomes, higher quality, enhanced patient care, and improved patient safety through the use of information technology. We embarked on this journey with our medical staff in early 2000 when we began developing our electronic medical record. We knew it was a long-term commitment. A decade later, we continue to invest in technology and services to advance and enhance patient care and safety.”
Over the years, LMH has made numeous and impressive achievements in information technology. Last year LMH was the first hospital or health system in the Kansas City metropolitan area to deploy computerized physician order entry across the entire facility. The hospital also achieved Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Level 6, a designation reserved to less than 4 percent of all hospitals in the United States.
The Most Wired Survey assesses organizations based on progress in adoption, implementation and use of information technology in four critical areas:
• Infrastructure – security, wireless networks, telecommunications, biomedical systems, disaster planning, etc. • Business and administrative management – automation of functions, including purchasing, electronic invoicing, e-requisition, payer automation • Clinical quality and safety – including demographic collection, medication administration, online documentation for all clinicians, imaging, computerized physician order entry, use of a certified electronic medical record • Care continuum – including ambulatory, physician and community integration, pre-registration options, ePrescribe and online bill pay
The methodology used to select Most Wired facilities sets specific requirements in each of the four focus areas. If any of these requirements are not met, the organization does not achieve the Most Wired designation, meaning an organization may have many advanced capabilities in the focus areas and still not achieve Most Wired status.