Community Hospital named 2017 Most Wired
Most Wired hospitals use technology to partner with patients on health
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Monterey, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula was one of 21 hospitals in California and the only one in Monterey County to win the Most Wired designation from the American Hospital Association. HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted in early 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 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.
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 today by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.
“We understand the great value in the investment of health information technology as it enables us to redefine the way we provide care to our community,” said Steve Packer, MD, President and CEO, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. “A strong technology program helps us to deliver the best continuum of care inside and outside hospital walls as our healthcare system changes from disease treatment to disease management and prevention.”
Community Hospital’s and its parent company, Montage Health’s technology focus on secure systems, quick service recovery time, reliability, quality and safety measures such as barcoding medications, and integration of clinical information. Montage Health’s leadership in and collaboration with a Health Information Exchange, Central Coast Health Connect (www.centralcoasthealthconnect.org) has been our most significant move toward improving patient engagement, experience, and safety. Community Hospital’s partnership with other local hospitals on this project has led to a decrease in overprescribing of opioid medications, duplication in testing, improved coordination of care, and better access of health records and information for patients.
As the delivery of health care evolves, Montage Health continues to move forward with improving the integration and use of health information. In 2018, Montage Health and its subsidiaries will move to Epic, a leading electronic health record system that will integrate health information across entities and improve the quality, access, communication, and delivery of care for patients.
“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.”
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.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. Its parent company is Montage Health, the umbrella for entities that work together to deliver exceptional care and inspire the pursuit of optimal health. Community Hospital is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility (Westland House), Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Centers, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at chomp.org
ABOUT MONTAGE HEALTH
Montage Health is the nonprofit parent company of a family of organizations dedicated to improving lives by delivering exceptional care and inspiring the pursuit of optimal health. Through its subsidiaries and its partnerships with doctors and other clinicians, healthcare and community organizations, and, most importantly community members, Montage Health is dedicated to care that is coordinated across all care settings to meet each person’s goals and needs. Montage Health’s family of companies includes Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Montage Medical Group, Montage Wellness Centers, Aspire Health Plan, Community Health Innovations, and Hospice of the Central Coast.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. 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 www.aha.org.