Progress Noted in Adoption of Health Information Technology
(Hartford, Conn. July 12, 2011) - Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2011 Most Wired Survey published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
The survey, which named 168 U.S. hospitals as Most Wired, reports these hospitals are making progress towards greater adoption of information technology (IT). The survey also notes that hospitals are expanding and adopting such modalities as computerized physician order entry (CPOE), which eliminates hand-written orders by doctors, to promote improved patient care and data collection.
“Saint Francis is honored to be listed among the nation’s Most Wired hospitals. We were an early adopter of CPOE and have continued to enhance and expand our systems over the years. Information technology is aiding the delivery of quality healthcare, and we are committed to the implementation of solutions and systems that will enhance the quality of medical services that we provide to our patients,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, the Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
In addition to CPOE, Saint Francis has been in the forefront of such other IT developments as barcoding, digital clinical imaging, and electronic medical records. These developments have helped ensure the safety of the hospital’s patients and fostered better communication among clinicians.
The Most Wired Survey was conduced between Jan. 15 and March 15. It asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 530 surveys, representing 1,388 hospitals, or roughly 24 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
Hospitals & Health Networks magazine is the journal of the American Hospital Association, the national organization that represents nearly 5,000 hospitals, healthcare networks, and other providers nationwide. The 2011 Most Wired Survey was conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, HIT Exchange, and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets. It is the largest Catholic hospital in New England. For more information, please visit www.stfranciscare.com.