Trinity Health Earns 4th "Most Wired" Honor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 2012-07-25
Contact: Mary Muhlbradt
(701)857-5116, Fax: (701)857-5683
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Trinity Health Earns 4th "Most Wired" Honor

For the fourth time in recent years, Trinity Health has earned distinction as one of America's "Most Wired" health systems.  The July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine lists Trinity among the winners in its "Most Improved" category. 

Trinity President and CEO John Kutch said an analysis of Most Wired health systems indicates that the use of IT is associated with better outcomes for patients.  "Our investments in technology and training have helped to achieve benchmarks in patient care and safety," Kutch stated, adding, "We're proud of this recognition, but the foremost reason we invest in technology is because of what it can do to help us provide high-quality, safe care for our patients and residents."

Trinity deployed an electronic health record in 2006 and has continued to build on its eCARE system, adding electronic entry of physician orders and connecting many rural health facilities to its online imaging system. 

"We have a remarkable team of people working hard every day to provide the best healthcare possible," said Trinity President and CEO John M. Kutch.  "This award recognizes our values and culture as much as it does our technological achievements." 

Among the key findings this year:
-    93% of Most Wired hospitals employ systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data
-    90% of Most Wired institutions use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.
-    100% check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors.

"As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency," said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association.
A journal of the American Hospital Association, Hospitals & Health Networks magazine bases its Most Wired list on an annual survey which recognizes health organizations for investing in healthcare IT and using the technology to maximize quality and safety.  Further information about the survey is available at www.hhnmag.com.