OSF Healthcare System has been recognized as one of the MOST WIRED in the country, according to results from the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. This marks the fifth consecutive year for this achievement by the Peoria-based, 11-hospital, integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.
Among the survey findings: technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions. Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists.
This year’s results show:
• The top telehealth services offered in hospitals are consultations and office visits, and stroke care. Stroke care has shown the most rapid growth - up 38 percent from 2015.
• More than 25 percent of hospitals use internet-enabled monitoring devices for chronic disease management of congestive heart failure, diabetes and heart disease.
Most Wired hospitals are utilizing population health management tools and partnering with other health care providers to share critical clinical information used in analyzing interventions aimed at key patient groups. In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.
• 68 percent accept patient-generated data through the patient portal.
• 26 percent of Most Wired organizations offer E-visits through a mobile application.
“We are honored to again be recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired health care systems,” said James Mormann, Senior VP, Chief Information Officer for OSF HealthCare. “Our goal is to find ways to safely improve patient care throughout the OSF Ministry. This acknowledgment reaffirms our diligence in making sure that happens.”
Published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN), the Most Wired® survey is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey representing more than one-third of all U.S. hospitals, an estimated 2,146 hospitals, 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.