Opelousas General Health System Named one of the 2014 "Most Wired" Hospitals in Acadiana
CHICAGO - (July 10, 2014) – As the nation's health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect disparate care providers, according to the 16th annual Health Care's Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.
The only hospitals in Acadiana to receive the "Most Wired" designation include Opelousas General Health System, Lafayette General Health, Lafayette General Surgical Hospital and St. Martin Hospital.
"We are proud that OGHS has been recognized in the "Most Wired" category again this year", says Jared Lormand, Chief Information Officer. "OGHS has been ahead of the curve in implementing information systems and technology to support excellent delivery of care for our patients," he added.
2014 marks the 7th year that OGHS receives this designation. The first year being 2005.
67 percent of Most Wired hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Most Wired hospitals, that meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories, have made tremendous gains by using IT to reducd the likilhood of medical errors by using bar code technology to match the patient with the medication.
Among some of the key findings related to improving quality and patient safety:
1. Nurses and physicians share best practices for patient safety and use checklists
at more than 90 percent of Most Wired organizations.
2. To help consumers make better decisions about their health care, standard
measures of individual hospital quality performance are reported and publicly
available. Nearly half of Most Wired organizations share this information on
their websites and 86 percent provide quality scores to clinical leaders on a
regular basis as part of their performance improvemtns initiatives.
The 2014 Most Wired Survey also covered the evolution of new models and payment from the IT persepective. As health care delivery moves to a value-based system, it will require more and better use of data analytics, care coordination and population health management.
36 percent of Most Wired hospitals aggregate data from patient encounters to create a community health record.
71 percent of Most Wired hospitals manage care transitions compared with 57 percent of all responding organizations.
43 percent of Most Wired organizations integrate clinical and claims data so that they are accessible, searchable and reportable across the care community.
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.
About the Most Wired Survey
The 2014 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association.
About Opelousas General Health System
Since 1957, Opelousas General Health System has been dedicated to the provision of quality health care through its strong commitment and high standards. Central to the success of OGHS's commitment for excellence is the presence of an outstanding and highly qualified staff of physicians, nurses, technologists and other personnel who provide professional treatment in a caring environment. Serving as the region's referral medical center, OGHS is a 207-bed, full service medical center, and the area's most comprehensive community health care facility offering a wide range of medical specialties and state-of-the-art technology. For more information visit www.opelousasgeneral.com.
About Lafayette General Health
Lafayette General Health (LGH) is a healthcare system striving to build a regional healthcare network that delivers excellence in care and outcomes. LGH serves the south-central region of Louisiana by aligning with facilities across a 10-parish area known as Acadiana.
LGH’s flagship hospital, Lafayette General Medical Center, in operation since 1911, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that does not pay out any revenue to shareholders as for-profits do. LGH also owns or manages Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, St. Martin Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital, and has several affiliations with facilities across the region.
Both Lafayette General Medical Center and University Hospital & Clinics are major teaching hospitals, providing graduate medical education across many disciplines.
LGH owns Lafayette General MD, a non-profit corporation that operates and manages several physician clinics including Cardiology, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Medical & Gynecologic Oncology and Hematology, Neurology, Orthopedics and Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery).
In 2013, LGH saw around 375,000 patient encounters, while the health system offered a charitable allowance in excess of $100 million. LGH property and assets total nearly $400 million, employing approximately 3,000 staff. For more information about LGH and its affiliates, visit LafayetteGeneral.com.
About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.aha.org.