Health system earns information technology award for thirteenth straight year
DANVILLE, PA -- Geisinger Health System has been listed for the thirteenth consecutive year among the country’s “Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems” by Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.
“Health information technology plays a vital role in allowing us to touch all of our patients and enhance the quality of their patient care experiences,” said David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, president and CEO, Geisinger Health System. “What makes this honor so gratifying is that it represents the nation’s most innovative, patient-focused organizations.”
Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation’s hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired survey, released last week by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
The 2015 Most Wired survey is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.
Geisinger is involved in several health information exchanges and has been previously cited for its innovative OpenNotes program that allows patients to view doctor’s notes through an online portal. “Geisinger in Motion” is the health system’s latest large-scale initiative to untether physicians and nurses from desktop PCs as well as bricks and mortar. It provides iPhones and iPads to physicians and nurses for secure, mobile access to patient records anytime and anywhere. Another initiative provides iPads to patients undergoing elective procedures at the hospital.
“Our goal is to shift care delivery services closer to the patient, closer to home or even in the home,” says Alistair Erskine, M.D., chief clinical informatics officer in Geisinger’s Division of Applied Research & Clinical Informatics (DARCI).
Geisinger has implemented a “Bring Your Own Smartphone Device” (BYOD) model for clinicians to connect to mobile versions of Geisinger clinical systems and deployed iPhones to nurses, pharmacists and other care-team members.
“As Geisinger grows and the national health care environment continues to evolve, the information technology needs of health systems and patients throughout the country grow along with it,” said Frank Richards, chief information officer, Geisinger Health System. “We are proud to have an information technology team in place that allows us to meet the growing needs of our care providers and patients.”
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator®, ProvenCare® and ProvenExperience®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital became the newest members of the Geisinger Family. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.