Health Care’s Most Wired Award
Truman Medical Centers Recognized For Third Consecutive Year by Hospitals & Health Networks as one of health care’s “Most Wired”
Truman Medical Centers (TMC) has been named for the third consecutive year as one of Health Care’s “Most Wired” organizations of 2013 by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, recognizing TMC for its adoption of technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.
“TMC has placed significant emphasis on the competitive advantage of being ahead of the national curve when it comes to technology investment and providing a state-of-the-art environment for our clinicians and patients,” said Mitzi Cardenas, TMC Senior Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Performance Integration and Chief Information Officer.
Each year, the magazine conducts an in-depth survey that looks at overall technology infrastructure at health systems throughout the country, including items such as security tools, to be sure that the day-to-day basic needs of their facilities are being met. The 2013 Most Wired Survey also covered some new areas such as big data analytics and patient generated data. An emerging practice, big data analytics looks at large amounts of data to uncover patterns and correlations.
“Continued investment in technology and expansion of relationships with local and regional partners will only further advance our abilities to effectively and efficiently manage the more than 60,000 patients we see each year with chronic illnesses,” said TMC President/CEO John W. Bluford. “These advancements coupled with TMC’s high-touch community outreach and engagement will put us in the forefront of healthcare as it expands beyond the four walls of hospitals and into the communities we serve.
At TMC, the patient’s experience is of the utmost importance and the use of a personal health record is becoming increasingly important in building and maintaining relationships with patients and community based physicians. Digitized health systems have also helped to improve the safety and quality of the care provided at TMC. All healthcare providers are seeing the same information about the patient and their history in real time. Everything from reducing a patient’s fall risk to their susceptibility of acquiring pressure ulcers to medication errors can, and are being reduced on a daily basis because of the electronic medical record system.
“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”
Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com. For information about TMC, visit trumed.org.