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McLaren Northern Michigan Named 2012 Most Wired
Nation’s Most Wired Hospitals Improve Efficiency with Health Information Technology
Petoskey, MI – July 10, 2012 – McLaren Northern Michigan has been recognized as one of the nation’s MOST WIRED according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
The nation’s Most Wired hospitals are leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas, according to Health Care’s Most Wired 2012 Survey. These hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data, and optimizes patient flow and communications.
Among the key findings this year:
• Ninety-three percent of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to seventy-seven percent of the total responders.
• Seventy-four percent of Most Wired hospitals and fifty-seven percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems.
• Ninety percent of Most Wired hospitals and seventy three percent of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.
• One hundred percent of Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors
“As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association.
“This is a remarkable achievement, made possible by careful planning and dedicated implementation teams,” said Reezie DeVet, President and CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan. “Patients have the assurance that we continually strive to optimize quality and safety through the competence of our staff and enhancements in technology.”
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.
About the Most Wired Survey
The 2012 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association.
About McLaren Northern Michigan
McLaren Northern Michigan, a subsidiary of McLaren Health Care, is a 202-bed, regional referral center located in Petoskey, serving residents in 22 counties across northern lower Michigan and the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula. A medical staff of nearly 200 physicians represents nearly all medical and surgical specialties, enabling full-service care with an emphasis on heart, cancer, orthopedics, and neuroscience services. Additional information can be found at northernhealth.org.