Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital (ALMH) has been named among the nation’s most wired hospitals in the Hospital & Health Networks’ 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey.
The survey is an industry-standard benchmark study that measures the level of information technology used in U.S. hospitals and health systems. ALMH is an affiliate of Memorial Health System.
This is the second consecutive year that Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital earned this distinction. A total of 31 Illinois hospitals, including Memorial Medical Center of Springfield, another Memorial Health System affiliate, were among the more than 420 Most Wired hospitals nationwide.
“ALMH is committed to ensuring that our patients receive high-quality care,” said Dolan Dalpoas, president and CEO of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. “Developing and maintaining a secure electronic health record reflects our mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.”
Two-thirds of Most Wired hospitals (67 percent) share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Most Wired hospitals, which meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories, have made tremendous gains by using information technology to reduce the likelihood of medical errors. Among Most Wired hospitals, 81 percent of medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via barcode technology at the bedside. Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital began bedside barcoding in 2002.
Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their information technology initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,901 hospitals, or roughly 33 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital joins an elite list of the national leaders in the area of technological innovation, including Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dalpoas said.