BBC Among the 'Most Wired' Hospitals in U.S.

July 10, 2013

The list of awards and recognitions for Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) keeps growing.  The most recent honor, bestowed by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, lists BBC as one of the most ‘wired’ hospitals in the United States.  This is the eighth year in a row the hospital has been recognized for its technology.


 Bronson Battle Creek was selected by H & H N magazine because of the hospital’s ongoing initiative for electronic medical records.  In early 2005, the Battle Creek hospital took a giant technological leap by transitioning to a paperless, electronic health record.  By switching all inpatient nursing and ancillary documentation from traditional, paper-intensive, medical charts to an electronic medical record system, Bronson Battle Creek became one of only a handful of hospitals in the United States to ‘go-live’ with comprehensive, new technology that increases patient safety and cuts costs by reducing the potential for human error. 


 The electronic health record initiative includes an adverse drug event (ADE) alert system, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), integrating anesthesia information, and the timely incorporation of equipment that health care providers use for bedside patient care.  It has been estimated that new advances in electronic medical protocols could take up to five years to make their way into the daily practice of physicians.  This electronic medical record system is available now at Bronson Battle Creek. 


 “We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Thomas F. Ignaczak, MD, vice president of medical affairs at Bronson Battle Creek.  “To be selected once again as a national leader in healthcare is extremely gratifying.  Awards like this speak volumes about the kinds of commitments everyone in our organization has for providing our patients with the very latest in technology and patient-centered care.”


 “We are proud to be recognized as one of the nation’s most wired hospitals, but it really is the safety of our patients that is paramount,” added Anne Regling, Bronson Battle Creek interim CEO.  “We continue a long tradition of providing complete medical data at the fingertips of our clinicians whenever and wherever they have secured access to the Internet. We are also committed to an ordering process that combines patient data with evidence-based rules to reduce the risk of adverse drug events.” 


 Technology is just part of the equation; clinician use is also key to our success," said Jim Keller, information services director for Bronson Battle Creek.  “To that end, we appreciate the efforts our physicians and staff have made to work closely with our IT team in adapting their processes to this exciting technology.  It is our experience that ‘connected’ care like ours often leads to better care, which creates a much more positive patient experience.”


 The Commission on Cancer has recognized Bronson Battle Creek with its Outstanding Achievement Award for clinical cancer services three times.  No other hospital in the state has received it more than once.  Bronson Battle Creek is also designated as one of the safest hospitals.   


 The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits honored Bronson Battle Creek and Bronson Methodist Hospital with “A” Hospital Safety Scores.  Using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections calculated the Hospital Safety Score. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety. 


 For the past 15 years, H &HN has conducted surveys and benchmarking studies asking hospitals to report their uses of information technology in the areas of safety and quality, customer service, business process, workforce, and public health and safety.  Every hospital in the U.S. is invited to participate.


The winners, Bronson Battle Creek among them, are profiled in the Summer 2013 edition of H & HN’s Most Wired magazine.