OSF Healthcare System, the parent company of OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton, has been recognized as one of the nation’s MOST WIRED, according to results from the 2015 Most Wired Survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.
This marks the fourth consecutive year for this achievement by the Peoria-based, 11-hospital, integrated health system owned and operated by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.
Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation’s hospitals, according to the study. The survey representing more than 2,213 hospitals examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance in infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.
According to the survey, hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to protect and safeguard patient data. In addition, as hospitals and health systems begin to transition from volume-based care to more integrated, value-based care delivery, hospitals are utilizing IT to better facilitate information exchange across the care settings. This includes greater alignment between hospitals and physicians.
According to the survey:
- In 84 percent of Most Wired organizations, physicians can view and exchange other facilities’ results.
- 76 percent use the portal and electronic health record (EHR) to exchange results with other EHRs and health information exchanges.
- 81 percent can communicate with patients via email or alerts.
Additionally, this year’s Most Wired hospitals are utilizing the benefits of a patient portal to get patients actively involved in their health care. For instance, 89 percent of Most Wired organizations offer access to the patient portal through a mobile application.
Other key findings:
- 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer the ability to incorporate patient-generated data.
- 63 percent offer self-management tools for chronic conditions.
“Being recognized again as one of the nation’s Most Wired healthcare systems is a testament to OSF’s goal of transforming health care to improve the lives of those we serve,” said James Mormann, senior VP, chief information officer for OSF Healthcare System. “As one OSF, we remain resolute in our commitment to provide a secure and integrated system across our 11 acute care facilities and more than 100 physician office sites in which patients and caregivers connect, thus creating the best possible environment for care in our communities.”
The 17th annual survey was released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN.