For the third consecutive year, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has been named a Most Wired Hospital, making Henry Mayo one of 16 hospitals in the state to receive this award.
The results are according to the 17th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released recently by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
The 2015 Most Wired survey is designed to provide a barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing 39 percent of more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.
“This is a facility award–for clinicians and IT; it’s about use of systems and how effective they are,” said Cindy Peterson, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Henry Mayo. “It’s an award to be proud of because it shows the community we are focused on our best potential. Our use of technology helps us achieve that.
“The criteria for this award get more difficult each year and there are higher expectations. They look at how hospitals continue to optimize and enhance their systems, which we have done and continue to do at Henry Mayo.”
According to the survey, hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to protect and safeguard patient data. Top growth areas in security among this year’s Most Wired organizations include privacy audit systems, provisioning systems, data loss prevention, single sign-on and identity management.
Other key findings:
* 96 percent of Most Wired organizations use intrusion detection systems compared to 85 percent of the all respondents. Privacy audit systems (94 percent) and security incident event management (93 percent) are also widely used.
* 79 percent of Most Wired organizations conduct incident response exercises or tabletop tests annually, a high-level estimate of the current potential for success of a cybersecurity incident response plan, compared to 37 percent of all responding hospitals.
* 83 percent of Most Wired organizations report that hospital board oversight of risk management and reduction includes cybersecurity risk.
* In 84 percent of Most Wired organizations, physicians can view and exchange other facilities’ results in the portal compared with 63 percent of hospitals surveyed.
* 76 percent use the portal and electronic health record (EHR) to exchange results with other EHRs and health information exchanges compared to 56 percent of those surveyed.
* 81 percent can communicate with patients via email or alerts in contrast to 63 percent of all respondents.
* 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer the ability to incorporate patient-generated data.
* 63 percent offer self-management tools for chronic conditions.
* 60 percent offer patient-specific education in multiple languages.