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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Most Wired hospitals survey spotlights St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood is among nine Kentucky hospitals recognized by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum for their use of technology to make it easier for patients and providers to interact and help patients stay actively involved in their care.

“St. Elizabeth is committed to innovation and cutting-edge technology advancements in order to best serve our community – not just today but in the future,” St. Elizabeth Chief Information Officer Alex Rodriguez said. “We are constantly evaluating new opportunities to transform the patient experience, and we’ll continue to be at the forefront of finding new ways for improved access, engagement and convenience for our community.”

According to the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. This year’s results show:
76 percent offer secure messaging with clinicians on mobile devices.
When patients need ongoing monitoring at home, 74 percent use secure e-mails for patients and families to keep in touch with the care team.
68 percent simplify prescription renewals by letting patients make requests on mobile devices.
62 percent add data reported by patients to the electronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.
Nearly half of the hospitals are using telehealth to provide behavioral health services to more patients.
40 percent offer virtual physician visits.
More than 40 percent provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.

The survey was conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017 and included 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.

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