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September 11, 2014
St. Elizabeth Hospital Again Recognized as 'Most Wired'; Achieves Meaningful Use Stage Two
Enumclaw - St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw has been awarded 'Health Care's Most Wired' for 2014 by Hospitals & Health Networks. St. Elizabeth has been recognized for its information technology in eight of the past nine years through the annual Health Care's Most Wired Survey conducted by Hospitals and Health Networks. The award is based on rigorous criteria in four operational categories: clinical quality and safety, clinical integration, infrastructure, and business and administrative management. Health Care's Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2014, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
St. Elizabeth Hospital was named Most Wired in 2014, 2009, 2008; Most Wired-Small and Rural in 2013, 2011, 2007, 2006; and Most Improved in 2012.
St. Elizabeth Hospital first CHI hospital to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2
St. Elizabeth Hospital this year was the first among all Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) hospitals to attain Meaningful Use Stage 2, part of the national initiative for healthcare organizations to adopt and integrate electronic health records. According to a recent study published in the August 2014 issue of Health Affairs and covered in Becker's Hospital Review, data from the American Hospital Association's annual survey of hospitals shows that 59 percent of hospitals in the country now have at least a basic electronic health record system; however, the criteria are challenging and just 5.8 percent of hospitals are able to meet all 15 Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.
"Our hospital has been a leader in the shift toward electronic health records (EHR) over the last several years," said Danielle Uhler, registered nurse and clinical systems specialist at St. Elizabeth Hospital. "Our challenge was having the ability to send and receive data to meet Stage 2 criteria. The patient portal, allowing patients to securely view their own health information; and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) in particular required many months of intensive work."
Both the Health Care's Most Wired Survey and the Stage 2 criteria for Meaningful Use focus on a hospital's ability to use information technologies to help improve quality of care, patient engagement, public health, and protection of patient data. For example, medication safety is improved through the use of comprehensive drug formularies and auto alerts for possible drug-drug interactions or other potential medication errors. Patient engagement is fostered by providing patients with an online portal to securely view their data and encouraging them to use the portal to help them better manage their health.
"The electronic medical record system is a vital tool in helping us meet our mission to improve the health of our communities," said St. Elizabeth Hospital President Donna Russell-Cook. "We deeply appreciate the efforts of our employees, medical staff and vendor partners to help us reach and sustain this high level of success with our information systems."
Franciscan Health System includes St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; Highline Medical Center, Burien; Harrison Medical Center and Harrison HealthPartners, Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas; Regional Hospital, Tukwila; Franciscan Hospice House, University Place; Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers, Pierce, King and Kitsap counties; and the Franciscan Foundation. Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems. One of the nation's largest health systems, Englewood, Colo. -based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 87 hospitals; 24 critical access facilities and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided more than $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.
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