FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 13, 2012

OSF HealthCare Named 2012 Health Care's Most Wired

OSF Healthcare System has been recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired, according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The nation's Most Wired hospitals are leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas, according to Health Care's Most Wired 2012 Survey released today. As a field, hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data, and optimizes patient flow and communications.

According to James Mormann, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for OSF Healthcare System, "Being recognized as one of the 2012 Most Wired is a reflection of the robust commitment we have to supporting our Community of Caregivers through information technology. As our Ministry continues to focus on how we can provide the right care at the right time with the greatest care and love to all those we serve, IT solutions help us be more connected with each other and more importantly with our patients."

Among the key findings this year:

  • 93 percent of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to 77 percent of the total responders.
  • 74 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 57 percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems.
  • 90 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 73 percent of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.
  • 100 percent of Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors

"As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency, says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). "Hospitals receiving Most Wired recognition are truly representative of our nation's hospitals and systems – rural and urban, small and large, teaching and non-teaching, and critical access hospitals geographically dispersed."

Of note, social media is catching on among the Most Wired hospitals for crisis communications; nearly one-half compared with one-third of total responders use this media. More than 25 percent offer care management messages and chats with physicians.

Health Care's Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 662 surveys, representing 1,570 hospitals, or roughly 27 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

About the AHA
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 40,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

About the Most Wired Survey
The 2012 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the American Hospital Association.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
James Farrell, Senior Vice President - Marketing & Communications
(309) 655-2856