Nine hospital and health system clients of healthcare information technology (IT) and Web products and services provider CareTech Solutions have been named 2009 Most Wired award winners, according to the results of the 2009 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
CareTech Solutions provides IT services and/or Web products and services to the following winning client hospitals and health systems:
- Crittenton Hospital Medical Center (Rochester, Mich.) — Most Wired and Most Wireless
- Detroit Medical Center (Detroit, Mich.) — Most Wired and Most Wireless
- Northern Michigan Regional Medical Center (Petoskey, Mich.) — Most Wired — Small & Rural
- Continuum Health Partners (New York, N.Y.) — Most Wired
- The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati, Oh.) — Most Improved
- Covenant Health (Knoxville, Tenn.) — Most Wired
- Holy Family Memorial Health Network (Manitowoc, Wis.) — Most Wired — Small & Rural
- Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Penn.) — Most Wired and Most Wireless
- Memorial Hospital (Owosso, Mich.) — Most Wired
“Healthcare is entering an unprecedented era of reform, and electronic medical record technology and other solutions are cited repeatedly as a critical driver of meaningful reform that reduces costs and improves patient-care quality and safety,” said Jim Giordano, president and CEO of CareTech Solutions. “Whether through CareTech’s IT services, or Web products and services, we’ve partnered with the leaders at our winning hospitals to enable better care through technology, now and in the future.”
Hospitals also continue to invest in IT that supports quality and safety initiatives. Investment in electronic medication management is considered one of the fundamentals of using IT to improve care. The 2009 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study shows an overall increase in both provider order entry of medications and electronic bedside matching at the time medications are administered.
“As the health reform debate continues, it’s clear that IT will play an even more important role in the health system of tomorrow,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). “Most Wired hospitals help illustrate IT in action–improving efficiency, quality and safety of care while helping to control costs.”?The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the AHA, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation’s hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety and workforce issues.
Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2009 survey in cooperation with McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.
About the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study
Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the AHA, conducts the voluntary Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study annually and names the 100 Most Wired.
McKesson Corporation is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care.