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OLBH Named a Most Wired Hospital; One of Only Three Such Hospitals in Kentucky

OLBH has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. OLBH was one of only three hospitals in Kentucky to receive Most Wired distinction.

OLBH and other Most Wired hospitals are leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas, according to Health Care’s Most Wired 2012 Survey. OLBH was recognized for its use of information technology to address and enhance patient safety and quality of care, public health, administrative processes and workforce decisions.

“We have recently made an enormous investment and commitment to electronic health records with a system known as ConnectCare,” Larry Fields, M.D., said. “ConnectCare, along with our other technologies such as computerized medical image review, has allowed us to earn this distinction.” Fields and John Darnell, M.D., served as co-chairs of the ConnectCare Physician Advisory Workgroup during the planning and implementation of the hospital’s electronic medical records system.

“Technology has been at the forefront of what healthcare reform in this country will ultimately be about,” Kevin Halter, OLBH CEO, said. “We feel ConnectCare and all we have invested in technology here at OLBH have prepared us for ‘meaningful use’ and other measures by which all hospitals will be judged after reform has occurred. Safety, quality and ingenuity have combined here at OLBH into a highly efficient, cutting edge technology system that serves our patients and improves their care. I want to thank our medical staff, employees, and especially those in our Information Services area who work tirelessly to keep OLBH a leader in the health technology field.”

Among the key findings of the 2012 Most Wired survey:
•    Ninety-three percent of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to seventy-seven percent of the total responders.
•    Seventy-four percent of Most Wired hospitals and fifty-seven percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems.
•    Ninety percent of Most Wired hospitals and seventy three percent of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.
•    One hundred percent of Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors

“As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. “Hospitals receiving Most Wired recognition are truly representative of our nation's hospitals and systems – rural and urban, small and large, teaching and non-teaching, and critical access hospitals geographically dispersed.”

Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 662 surveys, representing 1,570 hospitals, or roughly 27 percent of all U.S. hospitals. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com. For more information on OLBH, www.facebook.com/ourladyofbellefonte

About the Most Wired Survey
The 2012 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the American Hospital Association.

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