ST. LOUIS, MO (July 10, 2017) – SSM Health has been named to the “2017 Health Care’s Most Wired” list, marking the fourth straight year the organization has received this industry recognition from the American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Forum.
The Most Wired list is determined by the AHA’s annual Most Wired Survey, which highlights hospitals and health systems and their adoption of innovative technology to improve care delivery, patient experience, clinical quality and safety, clinical integration, and IT infrastructure.
According to the survey, 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. They also are investing in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decision-making and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access and control costs.
“To be recognized nationally for the fourth straight year by the AHA is strong validation of the close partnership that exists between our IHT and clinical teams,” said Philip Loftus, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for SSM Health. “The recognition resulted from our efforts across a wide range of areas impacted by IT, including everything from our primary data center and patient monitoring to how quickly we can restore operations in the event of a disaster and the electronic ordering of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.”
In addition, SSM Health’s current initiative to consolidate the system’s three Epic platforms into a single unified electronic health record was a factor in the recognition. The unified Epic system will reduce the cost and duplication associated with maintaining separate systems, while enhancing the patient experience through better data coordination and sharing of information.
The AHA’s Most Wired survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. Detailed results of the survey can be found in the July issue of Health &Health Networks magazine. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.