July 14, 2017

Watertown Regional Medical Center has made Hospitals & Health Networks’ “Most Wired” List for the 13th time.  Spearheaded by the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association, the list is based on responses to the “Most Wired Survey”, an annual study on the application, use and innovation of information technology (IT) in the hospital setting.

Considered one of the most trusted and credible management publications in the healthcare field and the leading publication for hospital and health system executives, Hospitals & Health Networks launched the survey and list to measure the level of IT adoption in hospitals and health systems across the country. 

The study analyzes four key areas:

  • Infrastructure: Adoption of security measures like identification control, testing, encryption safeguards and continuous risk analysis;
  • Business and Administrative Management: Application of programs that assist with managerial tasks like electronic health records (EHR), electronic payer transactions and bar-code technology
  • Clinical Quality and Safety: Utilization of programs such as computerized physician order entry (CPOE), point-of-care medication administration systems, physician access to clinical pathways, and digital imaging storage and transfer; and

Clinical Integration: Usage of programs that assist with electronic discharge instructions, patient portals, hospital-physician connectivity and online health information.

“We have had an aggressive IT strategy in place for several years now with the goal of protecting and improving the overall quality and coordination of patient care,” said Jennifer Mueller, VP and Chief Information Officer. “We have been able to advance that goal and the benefits have been felt throughout the hospital and community. Physicians and clinical staff have greater access to patient health information; hospital support roles have been made more efficient and effective; and patients now have greater access to their health records, including billing information, discharge instructions, and future needs.”

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.