ST. LOUIS, Mo. (July 12, 2016) – SSM Health has been named to the “2016 Health Care’s Most Wired” list, marking the third straight year the organization has received this industry recognition from the American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Forum.
The AHA’s Most Wired list annually recognizes U.S. hospitals and health systems making continuous advancements in the implementation of technology, such as telehealth networks and electronic health records. The list is determined by the AHA’s annual Most Wired Survey, which highlights the adoption of innovative technology to improve care delivery, patient experience, clinical quality and safety, clinical integration, IT infrastructure, and administrative management.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized nationally for the third straight year by the AHA for our efforts in leveraging the use of our electronic health record to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Philip Loftus, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for SSM Health. “It’s a strong validation of the close partnership between IT and our clinical teams over the past several years to enhance the use of our electronic health record platform.”
Over the next couple of years, SSM Health plans to take its EHR to the next level by identifying and taking advantage of best practices from each of its regional EHR platforms. The goal is to develop and implement a next-generation EHR that will be more intuitive, and simplify learning and use by our clinical staff across the system.
“While we’re a national leader when it comes to EHR integration, we’re always striving to expand our capabilities to create an even better patient experience,” Loftus said. “Bottom line, in a rapidly evolving industry like health care, we’re constantly challenged to stay on the forefront and to raise the EHR bar even higher.”
As part of its “Most Wired list” announcement, the AHA also released the results of its annual HealthCare’s Most Wired survey. The 2016 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide.
Detailed results of the survey and a full list of Most Wired winners can be found in the July issue of Hospitals &Health Networks Magazine, which is published by the AHA’s Health Forum.