ELIZABETH–Trinitas Regional Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired Most Improved hospitals according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine.
“Trinitas is very pleased to be chosen as a Most Wired Most Improved Hospital in the 2012 Most Wired Survey,” says Judy Comitto, vice president of information technology and chief information officer at Trinitas. “The culture in our organization understands that integrated systems help caregivers to provide our patients with the highest level of patient care and safety.”
Comitto reports that Trinitas’ Information Technology Department completed a 24-page survey that provided thorough details on its technology infrastructure, how wireless technology is used in business and administrative management, how such technology influences and ensures clinical quality and safety measures for inpatient and outpatient services, and the importance of wireless technology in the continuum of care as it involves ambulatory care, physicians and the community.
The survey, completed by roughly 27% of all hospitals nationwide, shows that 100% of Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors. In addition, 93% of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to 77% percent of the total responders. The 2012 survey also revealed that 74% percent of Most Wired hospitals and 57% of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems and that 90% of Most Wired hospitals and 73% of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.
“This award recognizes the extraordinary organization-wide efforts to implement technology in a strategic manner,” Comitto continues. “These efforts have resulted in Trinitas reaching Meaningful Use Stage 1 well ahead of most other institutions in the state of New Jersey.”
Comitto explains that Medicare and Medicaid offer financial incentives to hospitals that can demonstrate “meaningful use” of certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Beginning in federal fiscal year 2010, Medicare began to provide incentive payments to hospitals that demonstrated to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “meaningful use” of certified EHRs. A hospital that is a “meaningful user” can receive up to four years of financial incentive payments. An example of “meaningful use” is reporting the percentage of hypertensive patients with blood pressure under control. Future objectives and measures effective in 2013 and 2015 will dramatically increase in number and are expected to be more challenging.
“This ‘Most Wired Most Improved’ status encourages us to move forward to provide even more sophisticated technology in the future,” Comitto sums up.
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 662 surveys, representing 1,570 hospitals.
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.