Kaiser Permanente Named 2013 Most Wired
Nation's Most Wired Hospitals demonstrate progress through innovation
OAKLAND, Calif., July 10, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif., July10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente's California
hospitals were named today among the nation's Most Wired based on results from
Hospitals & Health Networks magazine's Health Care's Most Wired 2013 Survey.
"Being named among the nation's Most Wired hospitals reinforces our commitment
to high-quality care enabled by innovative technology, " said Phil Fasano,
executive vice president and chief information officer, Kaiser Permanente.
"This recognition is unique because it highlights all of the other ways in
which we use technology to support the efficiency and effectiveness of our
Most Wired hospitals lead the way in technology integration at all levels,
including infrastructure, business and administration applications, clinical
quality and safety, and care continuum. More than 659 surveys were submitted
this year, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all
hospitals in the United States.
"As a result of our cutting-edge technology and the excellence of our
physicians and staff, we have been able to reduce the chances of our patients
dying from heart disease, stroke and systemic infection compared to the rest
of health care," said Robert Pearl M.D., executive director and CEO, The
Permanente Medical Group. "Having the right information immediately available
allows doctors to achieve superior outcomes and provide personalized service."
This year marks the 15^th anniversary of the Health Care's Most Wired Survey.
In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in
establishing robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient
care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation,
advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the
likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the
event of a disaster or outage.
"This year's Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,"
said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO, American Hospital Association. "The
hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can
help to improve efficiency."
Kaiser Permanente is widely recognized for its leadership in harnessing health
IT to improve quality and care delivery. Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, the
health care organization's electronic health record, is one of the most robust
and sophisticated in the nation. It securely connects more than 9.1 million
people to their health care teams and their personal health information –
taking advantage of Kaiser Permanente's integrated approach to health care.
KP HealthConnect gives providers the tools needed to improve the quality of
the care and service delivered to members. It helps ensure patient safety and
quality care by providing access to comprehensive patient information and the
latest best practice research in one place.
Among the survey's key findings this year:
oAbout 69 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed
hospitals report that physicians are entering medication orders
electronically. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results
when only 27 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 12 percent of all
hospitals responded, "Yes."
o61 percent of Most Wired hospitals have an electronic disease registry to
identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51
percent of total responders.
o66 percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient discharge data with
affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total
responders.Thirty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals do so with
non-affiliated hospitals versus 24 percent of total responders.
o41 percent of Most Wired hospitals provide a patient portal or Web-based
solution for patient-generated data.
Kaiser Permanente's patient portal, My Health Manager on kp.org, is directly
connected to KP HealthConnect. By providing members with 24/7 online access to
their health information and critical, time-saving tools, including online
appointment scheduling, prescription refill and secure email messaging with
doctors, Kaiser Permanente empowers members to manage their health care and
the health care of their family members.
More than 4.2 million members are registered for My Health Manger on kp.org.
In 2012 alone members:
oSent 13.3 million emails to providers
oViewed 32.3 million test results online
oRefilled 11.8 million prescriptions online
oScheduled 3.1 million appointments online
Kaiser Permanente members can access these same features through the
convenience of their mobile phones. Since its launch in 2012, Kaiser
Permanente's flagship app has been downloaded nearly 600,000 times to iPhone
and Android devices.
Kaiser Permanente leads the nation in Stage 7 Awards from the Healthcare
Information and Management Systems Society and received the annual HIMSS
Organizational Davies Award in 2011. The Stage 7 Award honors hospitals that
have achieved the highest level of electronic health record implementation.
Kaiser Permanente has received 36 awards over the past three years in
recognition of its health information technology expertise. The annual HIMSS
Organizational Davies Award recognizes excellence in the implementation of and
value derived from health information technology.
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.
About the Most Wired Survey
The 2013 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 Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We
are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and
not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide
high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our
members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 9.1 million
members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and
patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal
physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical
teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and
tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery
and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to
care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of
community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/newscenter.
Ravi Poorsina, Kaiser Permanente, 510-421-0557
Amanda Wardell, Kaiser Permanente, 510-292-0758
SOURCE Kaiser Permanente
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