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Hospital recognized for technology’s impact on patient care

July 19, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

For the second year in a row, Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) has received national recognition for its use of Health Information Technology. The hospital has been named a 2015 'Most Wired' hospital by the American Hospital Association's Hospitals & Health Networks, one of seven Iowa hospitals to receive the distinction.

According to the American Hospital Association, the 'Most Wired' hospitals demonstrate applied technology such as electronic health records and shared health information that improves patient safety and helps patients make the most informed decisions about treatment.

GCMH Information Technology Manager Nick Betts says that receiving the award for a second year is especially rewarding. "We recognize that technology is the future of healthcare, and we've shown that even a small hospital can thrive with its application. It's rewarding to know that our commitment to improved technology positively impacts patient safety and staff efficiency," says Betts.

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Jennifer Havens, CEO

Hospital CEO Jennifer Havens credits Betts and his team for an exemplary application of technology. "What's important about the 'Most Wired' distinction is that it recognizes how well our hospital has applied technology tools that help our doctors and nurses make the best decisions on behalf of our patients," says Havens. "Since the implementation of our electronic health system known as Epic we've been able to capture and use real-time information at the patient's bedside. For example, if a patient is seen in our Emergency Department and needs to be transferred to another facility, the receiving hospital has instant access to the treatment our patient has received. This accelerates the quality of care because the providers are prepared in advance of the patient's arrival and in an emergency situation this can have a life-saving impact."

Havens says Grundy County Memorial Hospital is proud to be recognized for its technology innovation along with leading national health care organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and M.D. Anderson. "Technology is speeding efficiency and improving transparency," says Havens. "Electronic records allow our patients the opportunity to be even more involved with their care through access to their records online. Our patient portal displays test results and eliminates the paper process required in the past for a patient to request a copy of medical records."

The American Hospital Association is a nonprofit association of health care provider organizations and is a national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, and other providers of health care. Its 'Most Wired' survey was conducted early in 2015, collecting information about Information Technology initiatives from hospitals across the nation. In addition to Grundy County Memorial Hospital, its health system affiliate, UnityPoint Health, was recognized as 'Most Wired'. Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Genesis Health System in Davenport, and the University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City were the remaining Iowa hospitals recognized as 2015 "Most Wired".



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