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VA Palo Alto Health Care System

 

VAPAHCS Named 2013 "Most Wired"

VA Palo Alto Health Care System Veterans Alfredo Capps (left) and Arthur Pireda use an Apple iPad at the VA Palo Alto Campus July 9 to preview future functions within the Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program.

VA Palo Alto Health Care System Veterans Alfredo Capps (left) and Arthur Pireda use an Apple iPad at the VA Palo Alto Campus July 9 to preview future functions within the Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program. For the 8th year, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System was named one of the nation's Most Wired hospitals by the American Hospital Association.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Hospitals and Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association, has named the VA Palo Alto Health Care System as one of the nation's Most Wired hospitals. This is the 15th year the magazine has recognized hospitals and health systems for excellence in Information Technology, and the 8th year VAPAHCS has received the award.

"Being in Silicon Valley, we know that maintaining cutting-edge technologies for our patients and staff is essential to enhancing our health care delivery," said Matthew Montano, VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Chief Information Officer. “Our ability to provide safe, effective and efficient care to our Veterans is the most important thing we do -- and harnessing technology that allows us to do that even better is critical."

AHA used an analytic structure to stratify hospitals based on progress in adoption, implementation, and use of information technology in four areas: infrastructure, business and administration management, clinical quality and safety, and care continuum. Only organizations whose responses reflect development across all four focus areas were designated Most Wired.

This year, 1,713 hospitals and health systems completed the AHA survey, roughly 30 percent of all US hospitals. Among some of the key findings this year:

  • Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results when only 27 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 12 percent of all hospitals responded yes.
  • Seventy-one 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.
  • Sixty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders. Thirty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals do so with non-affiliated hospitals versus 24 percent of total responders.

“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”

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. More information about the results is available at www.hhnmostwired.com.

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