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Third Year Lakeland Health Named Most Wired
Jul 27, 2017 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health has been named to the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired™ list, released today by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. According to survey, technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships, while new tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health.

Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth, and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. This year’s results show:

  • 76 percent offer secure messaging with clinicians on mobile devices.
  • When patients need ongoing monitoring at home, 74 percent use secure e-mails for patients and families to keep in touch with the care team.
  • 68 percent simplify prescription renewals by letting patients make requests on mobile devices.
  • 62 percent add data reported by patients to the electronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.
  • Nearly half of the hospitals are using telehealth to provide behavioral health services to more patients.
  • 40 percent offer virtual physician visits.
  • More than 40 percent provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.

“We are excited and honored to receive this recognition,” said Robin Sarkar, PhD, Chief Information Officer, Lakeland Health. “Keeping the patient at the center of all that we do, focusing on the Quadruple Aim, and active collaboration between the clinical and information technology teams was the key to achieving health IT at the Most Wired level.”

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com

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