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St. Joseph’s Named 2013 Most Wired


St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center was named a 2013 Most Wired hospital according to the 2013 Most Wired Survey. On the list for the past four years, St. Joseph’s is the only hospital in Central New York ever to be named to the list.

Conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association, Health Care’s Most Wired Survey 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. 

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey.  In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting 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. 

“We’re currently implementing a new Electronic Health Record across our health care system,” said Chuck Fennell, vice president for information services and chief information officer at St. Joseph’s. “This significant investment allows those within the hospital and healthcare system to do their jobs more simply and more effectively, while creating the necessary channels to deliver quality patient care and clinical outcomes.”  

When completed in May, 2014, the EHR will allow patients to request appointments, see their medical charts and more. 

“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.” 

Among some of the key findings this year:  

  • Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results when only 27 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 12 percent of all hospitals responded, “Yes.” 
  • Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders. 
  • Sixty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders. Thirty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals do so with non-affiliated hospitals versus 24 percent of total responders. 
  • Forty-one percent of Most Wired hospitals provide a patient portal or Web-based solution for patient-generated data.          

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, New York, providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 14-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.