Bronson Hospitals Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Health Information Technology
KALAMAZOO, Mich. Bronson Battle Creek, Bronson Methodist and Bronson LakeView hospitals have again been named to the nation's “Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems list. The 2018 list, based on CHIME HealthCares Most Wired Survey, recognizes hospitals that are using technology to raise the health and care of their communities through two key areas: the use of technology to enhance user accessibility and security and disaster recovery; and supporting health management, value-based care, patient engagement and telehealth.
Bronson continues to focus on providing technology advancements to our organization and community partners in our aim to provide an exceptional healthcare experience for every person, every time, says Ash Goel, MD, senior vice president of information technology and chief information officer for Bronson Healthcare. This is demonstrated by the work that is being done to enhance electronic health record applications, improve system security to better prepare for cyber incidents and improve patient and staff experience. The Most Wired award affirms the value of the teamwork that it takes to achieve these goals.
Over the last year, Bronson has focused on patient care coordination and communication. The Epic electronic health record system allows a patients health information to be accessible, no matter which doctor, service or hospital a patient goes to within the Bronson system and with many outside providers. Bronson is committed to the community to provide an enhanced patient record. Partnerships with Family Health Center in Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) help support a One Patient, One Record philosophy to improve care. Bronson continues to extend the health record to additional community partners, including recent implementation of Epic at Kalamazoo College and Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare. Epic also has the ability to connect globally to other sites to exchange electronic health records Bronson works to connect with local, regional and national health providers to incorporate appropriate patient health information into Epic to provide robust information for patient care. Through Bronson MyChart, patients also have online access to their health information and can access it at any time and from any place using their computer or smart device.
Healthcare IT has the potential to revolutionize care around the world, but to meet that potential it must be used strategically, said Russell Branzell, president and CEO of CHIME. The technology is important, but leadership and a strategic vision are equally important. The diversity of the organizations that earned Most Wired status this year shows quality care can be achieved almost anywhere under the right leadership. By sharing the best practices in Most Wired, we hope quality care will one day be available everywhere.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is the professional organization for Chief Information Officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. CHIME enables its members and business partners to collaborate, exchange ideas, develop professionally and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve.
About Bronson Healthcare
Bronson Healthcare is a not-for-profit, community-governed health system serving nine counties in southwest and south central Michigan. With 9,000 employees, more than 1,400 medical staff members, and 846 licensed beds, Bronson is the largest employer and leading healthcare system in southwest Michigan. It offers a full range of services from primary care to critical care across more than 90 locations. Key member organizations include: Bronson Methodist Hospital, Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, Bronson LakeView Hospital, Bronson South Haven Hospital, Bronson Medical Group, Bronson at Home, Bronson Commons, Bronson Athletic Club, Bronson Wellness Center and the Bronson Health Foundation.