Bronson Hospitals Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Information Technology
Bronson Battle Creek, Bronson Methodist and Bronson LakeView hospitals have once again been named to the nation’s ‘Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems’ list. The 2016 list, based on Hospitals and Health Networks’ Most Wired® Survey, recognizes hospitals that are successfully using technology to improve the efficiency of patient care delivery and how patients interact with their providers.
Bronson is the only healthcare system in region to have three hospitals named to the list. The other area recipients are Battle Creek VA Medical Center and Lakeland Health in St. Joseph, Mich.
Hospitals included on the Most Wired list must meet criteria in four key areas, including infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and clinical integration. The annual survey serves as a benchmark for excellence in information technology (IT) and health data security, examining how organizations leverage IT to improve performance.
“Having all of our hospitals on this list demonstrates the breadth and depth of Bronson’s commitment to IT operations and health information security. It affirms the work we have done system-wide to ensure we have a highly effective infrastructure in place to support our clinicians and staff in delivering exceptional patient care,” says Paul Peabody, senior vice president of information technology and chief information officer for Bronson Healthcare.
Among Bronson’s accomplishments is the successful implementation of the EPIC electronic health record across all of its hospitals and medical practices in Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. This ensures every aspect of a patient’s care is coordinated and communicated as patients move from one doctor, service or hospital to the next. Epic has the ability to connect globally to other Epic sites to exchange electronic health records which helps improve care coordination, communication, safety and quality of care. In the first quarter of 2016, Bronson sites exchanged one quarter of a million patient health records with other providers across 49 states.
“Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely.”
Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team. Bronson patients have 24-hour a day, seven days a week access through Bronson MyChart, a secure online connection that is free and accessible from any computer, tablet or mobile phone. It allows patients to request appointments, view test results, refill prescriptions, and conduct other tasks to manage their healthcare needs online.
The 2016 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. More than two-thousand hospitals, roughly 34 percent of U.S. hospitals, participated in the survey. Detailed results and more information on the 2016 Most Wired Hospitals are available in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The full list of winners can be found at hhnmag.com/mostwired.