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July 10, 2014

SSM Health Care named Most Wired

MT. VERNON — SSM Health Care is ranked as one of the nation’s most wired health care organizations according to the 16th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey by Hospitals & Health Networks.

St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon are jointly sponsored by SSM Health Care and by Chicago-based Felician Services, Inc.

As the nation’s health care system moves from volume to value-based care, the survey showed health care organizations are tapping into information technology to better connect and coordinate with care providers.

According to information from Good Samaritan Regional Hospital, 67 percent of the Most Wired hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Most Wired hospitals that meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories have made gains by using IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors. Among the hospitals, 81 percent of medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via bar code technology at the bedside.

“Our mission calls for us to provide exceptional health care services and this recognition is external validation of us fulfilling that mission,” said Bill Thompson, president and CEO of SSM Health Care. “Our integrated health technologies team works hard to provide physicians and staff with the tools necessary to deliver the highest quality of care possible. And what they’ve helped us build is a foundation that will allow our caregivers to manage the health of people we serve well into the future.”

“The Most Wired data show that shared health information allows clinician and patients to have the information they need to promote health and make the most informed decisions about treatments,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals, their clinicians and their communities are doing tremendous work to enhance their IT systems in ways that support care and delivery improvement, and patient engagement goals.”

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 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

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