Crouse Hospital has been ranked among the top “most wired” hospitals and health systems in the country by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine. The hospital was designated a 2008 “most improved” winner.
Crouse is one of four hospitals in New York State to be recognized with a Most Wired award and the only hospital in Upstate New York to make the list. Results are based on H&HN’s Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, which invites hospitals to report on how they use information technology in the areas of safety and quality, customer service, business processes, workforce and public health and safety.
The award is based on Crouse’s commitment and progress in enhancing its information technology systems over the past year. Projects implemented include a web-based physician portal, an online employment/application system, digital medical imaging capability, the deployment of wireless laptops and PDAs to provide clinicians with patient information at the point of care and implementation of web-based materials management ordering systems.
“This recognition reflects Crouse Hospital’s strategic focus on information technology,” states Chief Information Officer Marc Gibbs. “These initiatives could not be successfully implemented without the clinical and non-clinical departments working in partnership with IT,” says Gibbs, who adds that these and future IT projects will improve efficiencies, enhance patient safety and care and improve the overall hospital experience for families, visitors, employees and physicians.
“The results of the survey add to the growing evidence that the appropriate use of IT can enhance both quality and patient satisfaction,” said Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. “Most Wired hospitals are proving the fundamental value of information technology.”
The 2008 survey was sponsored through a partnership with Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the American Hospital Association, McKesson and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. “Most Wired” winners are listed in the July issue of H&HN available at www.hhnmag.com.