TMC named 2016 ‘Most Wired’ — using technology for a better patient experience

MW_Winner2016_ColorEPS.epsCHICAGO, July 6, 2016—Technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions, according to results of the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists. This year’s results show:

  • The top three telehealth services offered in hospitals are consultations and office visits, stroke care, and psychiatric examinations and psychotherapy.
  • Stroke care is the most rapid growth area for telehealth services up 38 percent from 2015, as evidence-based studies emphasize the time urgency of stroke care.
  • More than 25 percent of hospitals use internet-enabled monitoring devices for chronic disease management of congestive heart failure, diabetes and heart disease.

“Today’s patients are technically savvy and are increasingly expecting their health care services to be provided where, when and how they want it,” said Frank Marini, vice president of Information Services at Tucson Medical Center. “TMC is stepping up to meet that challenge by investing in telehealth, e-visits and other mobile means of engaging our patients. Improving convenience and access to care will lead to improved patient outcomes.”

In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.

  • 68 percent accept patient-generated data through the patient portal.
  • 26 percent of Most Wired organizations offer e-visits through a mobile application.
  • 61 percent use social media to provide support groups.

“Hospitals are breaking out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely. And, removing policy and other barriers to telehealth will allow even faster adoption of these amazing technologies.”

Most Wired hospitals are utilizing population health management tools and partnering with other health care providers to share critical clinical information used in analyzing interventions aimed at key patient groups, such as those with diabetes. To get patients the right care, hospitals are using predictive modeling to eliminate preventable problems.

  • 53 percent interface electronic health record data with population health tools.
  • 62 percent stratify patients according to risk.
  • 51 percent aggregate data from patient encounters to create a community health record.

The versatility of mobile technologies makes it possible for clinicians and care team members to have the right tools for sound clinical decision-making wherever they are: 81 percent of Most Wired hospitals use mobile applications to notify clinicians of sudden changes in patient conditions and correlated events such as falls or respiratory distress or failure.

As they build out new capabilities, hospitals are also taking strong actions to ensure health data is secure.

  • More than 90 percent use intrusion detection systems, privacy audit systems and security incident event management to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities and produce real-time analysis of security alerts.
  • 84 percent conduct a third-party security audit annually to ensure that guidelines are followed.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2016, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2016 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 680 participants, representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals—more than 34 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.

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.

About the American Hospital Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are co
mmitted to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.

About Health Forum
Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, visit www.healthforum.com

Hospital Week spotlight: Meet Lucy Maupin

Lucy Maupin, senior systems software engineer

Lucy Maupin, senior systems software engineer

Lucy Maupin works diligently in the Alamo Building, keeping the organization’s major computer systems running smoothly. Maupin, a senior systems software engineer, first started working for TMC 28 years ago in TMCHE Lab. She then moved to Information Services in 2001.

One hat she wears is that of administrator for the Epic database, supporting the foundation of Epic and ensuring that it runs well. She is also the point person performing the technical side of upgrades to Epic, which is the core computer system of the hospital’s electronic medical records.

The other hat she wears is that of systems engineer for the Cloverleaf interface engine, where she manages the real-time interfaces between TMC systems. The interface allows information to be passed from a patient admission in Epic, say, to the computer system in the lab.

“Lucy is responsible for the care and feeding of the core server systems that support both Epic, as well as the Cloverleaf interface engine,” explained Jon Hallgrimsson, I/S manager of systems and databases. “These two systems are probably the most important systems in the hospital and support the daily work of everyone in both the clinical environment, as well as the Business Office.”

She and her team keep Epic up and processing information as efficiently as possible. “I work with a whole team of people who are dedicated to minimizing our planned downtimes,” she said.

“Lucy is passionate about quality and patient safety, and she works very hard to keep the highest standards for TMC’s patients,” Hallgrimsson said. “Lucy is a highly valued member of the I/S systems team, and the entire I/S department relies on her expert knowledge in these critical systems.”

One of her biggest challenges is staying on top of technology changes.

“You have to keep up in order to be effective and provide the expected results of these highly complicated systems,” she said. “There is high risk in most everything I do on a daily basis.”

Though keeping up may be challenging, it also brings its own rewards.

“TMC is giving me the opportunity to work on the cutting edge of software technology, always learning and growing,” she said. “I believe that my hard work contributes to the well-being of our patients and that’s why I love working in health care.”

Hallgrimsson seconds her dedication to patients.

“Lucy is passionate about quality and patient safety, and she works very hard to keep the highest standards for TMC’s patients,” he said, adding that “Lucy has been with TMC for a long time, and is one of my most valued employees. We’re lucky to have her in the driver’s seat for Epic!”

And for Maupin, TMC has made for a satisfying career.

“I’ve been here my whole life. TMC is my life, my home away from home and my family,” she said. “TMC has great people.”


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