11/02/18
Most Wired

Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) has been recognized for a 9th consecutive year as one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals, according to the results of the 2018 Most Wired Survey released by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). 

PRMC has been honored by CHIME with a Most Wired Award or Most Improved Hospital Award a total of 11 times in the 20 years of the survey for its use of information technology (IT) in support of medication and patient safety, information exchange and data protection.  In 2018, Peninsula Regional was one 254 organizations recognized as a Most Wired hospital of the 2,190 surveyed and one of just three hospitals honored on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Hospitals and health systems at the forefront of using healthcare IT to improve the delivery of care have maximized the benefits of foundational technologies and are embracing new technologies that support population management and value-based care. The most successful organizations, like PRMC, not only adopt technology but also apply it strategically to achieve great outcomes.

The report found two key areas that emerged in 2018: the use of foundational technologies such as integration, interoperability, security and disaster recovery; and the use of transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement and telehealth.

These foundational pieces, both solidly in place at PRMC for a number of years, need to be active for an organization to leverage tools to effectively transform healthcare across a number of platforms and locations. 

“As Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the Peninsula Regional Health System continue our transition to more integrated and patient-centered care away from the traditional hospital setting, the use of information technology to better connect patient with provider is essential in providing each the knowledge and information necessary to make informed healthcare decisions about treatment and care options,” said Ray Adkins, PRMC’s Chief Information Officer.  “Delivering the highest quality and safest care, both here on the PRMC campus and across our region, is a cornerstone of our Medical Center’s mission to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

By hospitals sharing the best practices in Most Wired, CHIME hopes quality care will one day be available everywhere.     

“Healthcare IT has the potential to revolutionize care around the world, but to meet that potential it must be used strategically,” said Russell Branzell, President and CEO of CHIME. “The technology is important, but leadership and a strategic vision are equally important. The diversity of the organizations that earned Most Wired status this year, including Peninsula Regional Medical Center, shows quality care can be achieved almost anywhere under the right leadership.”

Technology is making it easier for patients and providers, like PRMC, to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health.

Most Wired hospitals are transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics.  They are investing in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decision-making and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access and control costs.