News Release — Fletcher Allen Health Care
Aug. 5, 2013
BURLINGTON -– Fletcher Allen Health Care has been recognized as one of the nation’s best hospitals at using information technology to improve efficiency and quality of care according to results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey published by Hospitals & Health Networks. This is the third consecutive year the organization has achieved this recognition, and is the only hospital in Vermont to do so. Approximately 1,700 hospitals were surveyed with only 289 receiving this award.
The analysis paid particular attention to twenty-five requirements in four areas: clinical quality and safety (inpatient/outpatient hospital); clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community); business and administrative management, and infrastructure. If any of these requirements were not met, an organization was ineligible to be considered for the Most Wired designation
“Quick and reliable access to information can sometimes be the difference between a positive and negative medical outcome,” said Adam P. Buckley, M.D. and chief medical information officer at Fletcher Allen. “That’s why we’ve made major investments in leading-edge health information technology. These systems are not only helping us improve the quality and efficiency of the care we provide, but they are also key elements in the progress we’re making in building the integrated delivery system the current reform environment demands.”
“The technology is in place to help us do one thing: deliver care to our patients in the best way possible. On an individual basis, patients can now take home discharge instructions and health information generated by the electronic health record and have access to their medical information,” said Charlie Miceli, vice president, Information Services at Fletcher Allen. “Bigger picture, the ability of providers to share medical information in terms of text, images, even heart rhythm graphs electronically, makes care more efficient, safer and cost-effective as a patient moves through our system. It is gratifying for Information Services staff to be recognized for the hard work they have done to get us where we are today.”
The 2013 Most Wired Survey was conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks, the American Hospital Association and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) with support from AT&T, McKesson Corporation, and CareTech Solutions, a provider of health care IT services.