Truman Medical Centers (TMC) has been named for the fourth consecutive year as one of Health Care’s “Most Wired” organizations of 2014 by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, recognizing TMC for its adoption of 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 case of a disaster or outage. Also, for the first time TMC has achieved “Advanced Organization” status, the top two percent of all healthcare organizations surveyed in 2014.
“Technology is involved in every initiative we have,” says Mitzi Cardenas, senior vice president, strategy, business development and technology. “Our goal is to give clinicians and business leaders the ability to view information in a way that is significant to them and to deliver it at the point of care or the point of business operations.”
Each year, the magazine conducts an in-depth survey that looks at overall technology infrastructure at health systems throughout the country, including items such as security tools, to be sure that the day-to-day basic needs of their facilities are being met. The 2014 Most Wired Survey found that as the nation’s healthcare system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect disparate care providers. More than 67 percent of survey participants share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Among Most Wired hospitals, 81 percent of all medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via bar code technology at the bedside.