UnityPoint Health Named 2017 Most Wired Advanced

UnityPoint Health Named 2017 Most Wired Advanced

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum has named UnityPoint Health a 2017 “Most Wired Advanced” Health System. The Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study recognizes hospitals and health systems for excellence in information technology (IT). Most Wired Advanced recognizes organizations that achieve at least a level three, out of five, in all four focus areas evaluated. UnityPoint Health achieved “Most Wired” status five years in a row, prior to being recognized as advanced this year. Grundy County Memorial Hospital, a UnityPoint Health Community Network Hospital, has again received the honor of “Most Wired” for 2017.

Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals and health systems are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.

“There are many tools and technologies used to improve engagement, experience and safety,” says Laura Smith, vice president, chief information officer, UnityPoint Health. Our EHR (Epic) provides the core technology for our clinicians and is in a state of continuous improvement and optimization. Other tools such as virtual care, a telehealth platform, our patient portal and a robust analytics platform are the primary tools used to support our system population health and care coordination strategy.”

“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,” says 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.”

Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. Hospitals have increased their use of sophisticated IT monitoring systems to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities or policy violations and produce real-time analysis of security alerts. Most Wired hospitals are transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics. They 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.

“Maturing into a data-driven organization is a key strategy at UnityPoint Health,” says Betsy McVay, vice president, chief analytics officer, UnityPoint Health. “Over the last few years, investments have been made in the tools and resources needed to realize this goal. We are leveraging data and analytics to improve outcomes for our patients and the communities we serve.”

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Health & Hospitals 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.