Friday, September 20, 2019

Recognized (Again!) for Being at the Forefront of Information Technology that Aides Clinical Care

Just two weeks ago, I wrote in this blog about our achievement of being one of only nine Epic sites across the world to attain 9 Gold Star status. This week we have yet another information technology accomplishment to celebrate! I am delighted to announce that GBMC, for the first time ever, is a recipient of the Most Wired Hospital award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) for both our acute and ambulatory services. A total of 16,168 organizations were assessed in the 2019 Most Wired program. Organizations were rated on the adoption, integration, and impact of information technology.

GBMC achieved Most Wired Certified Level 8, receiving the Quality Award. The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies to improve health and care in their communities. This award recognizes hospitals and health systems that are at the forefront of using healthcare IT to improve the delivery of care, to maximize the benefits of foundational technologies, and to embrace new technologies that support population management and value-based care.

To achieve Most Wired Certified Level 8, we had to reach a score within the 71-80 percent range. This award recognizes that we have deployed technologies such as patient portals and population health/cost-of-care analytics to achieve clinical and efficiency outcomes.

Let me once again congratulate our information technology professionals and our clinicians on this fabulous accomplishment!

Last Sunday (9/15) was Neonatal Nurses Day. It’s a day to honor our nursing colleagues who care for babies and to celebrate their hard work and dedication. With more than 4,500 babies born at GBMC annually, we are very fortunate to have outstanding nurses in our nursery and in our NICU. Please join me in thanking them for all that they do.

This week is Surgical Technologists Week. Surgical technologists prepare operating rooms and equipment, ensure a sterile and safe environment for patients, and assist during surgery. The work demands attention to detail and knowledge of surgical procedures. It’s hard to imagine how an operating room would successfully function if there were no surgical techs performing all these very detail-oriented tasks. They are an integral part of an operating room team and have a tremendous impact on patient care and our hospital operations. Please join me in thanking our surgical techs!

Did you know that approximately 80 percent of all infections that cause illness can be prevented by hand washing? This week is also International Clean Hands Week. It’s a good time to remind ourselves of the importance of good hand cleaning habits. Wash your hands!

To move toward our vision: “To every patient, every time, we will provide the care that we would want for our own loved ones,” we must continually improve our systems. I thank the professionals throughout GBMC, such as our Neonatal Nurses and Surgical Technologists, for their work in improvement.

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