EMMC One of Nation’s 100 Most Wired Hospitals

07/29/2008

(Bangor, ME) - Eastern Maine Medical Center has been named to the nation’s 100 Most Wired Hospitals list, based upon the results of the 2008 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released this month by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The 100 Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures through the use of information technology (IT), according to a new analysis.  Marking its 10thyear, the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study continues to lead the field in analyses and benchmarking of healthcare IT. 

“We have made a significant long term commitment and investment to leverage the best and latest in information technology to better serve our patients, and this confirms we are among the leaders in the industry,” comments Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, president and CEO. “It’s gratifying to be recognized for the work we’ve done.”
“Today’s results add to the growing evidence that the appropriate use of IT can enhance both quality and patient satisfaction,” said Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. “Most Wired hospitals are proving the fundamental value of information technology.”

EMMC was recognized in 2007 as one of the nation’s 25 Most Improved in the Most Wired Survey. 1327 hospitals are represented in the survey, or roughly 22 percent of US hospitals.

“We are pushing technology hard for the benefit of our patients,” asserts Dr. Eric Hartz, chief medical information officer at EMMC. “The end result is an integrated electronic ordering and documentation process that goes beyond simply recording activity. Our system is built to expect certain care protocols and orders, and it questions and reminds caregivers to perform at best practice levels.”