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Published on July 28, 2017

Palos Hospital Named 2017 Most Wired

Most Wired Hospitals Use Technology to Partner with Patients on Health

Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

The technologies listed below were recently implemented at Palos Hospital and helped contribute to the 'Most Wired' recognition from the AHA:

  • Paging systems
  • In-building RFID/RTLS locator systems
  • Security technology safeguards
  • Robust network infrastructure with built-in redundancy
  • Two-way radio/security systems
  • Video monitoring
  • Wireless VoIP and wireless phone integration with nurse call
  • Handheld computing
  • Patient monitoring equipment integrated to the EHR
  • EHR/Clinical information systems
  • Wireless bar-code medication administration
  • Automated medication packaging and dispensing
  • Wireless infusion pumps
  • Digital clinical imaging/PACS systems
  • Wireless bar-code scanners for supplies
  • Disaster recovery capabilities

"Thanks to the commitment of our board and hospital leadership, Palos has been able to implement these meaningful advancements in patient care, better serving our community," said Palos Health CEO Terrence Moisan, M.D.

“We are pleased to provide technology tools in support of our clinicians, patients and families. Our hope is that the technologies facilitate timely access to pertinent information to help in the delivery of quality patient care,” said Peggy Carroll, Chief Information Officer at Palos Health.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 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.