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Local hospital recognized for applying technology to patient care

July 17, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER For the third 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 2016 'Most Wired' hospital by the American Hospital Association's Hospitals & Health Networks, one of nine Iowa hospitals and health systems to receive the distinction.

According to the AHA, 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 GCMH utilizes technology at every opportunity. "We don't let the fact we're small deter us from applying technology as widely as possible," remarks Betts. "A patient who is cared for at our rural hospital will find that the use of technology is the same as what's found in a much larger hospital. Our hospital is fortunate to have nursing and clinical leaders in place who promote the use of innovative technology for patient care."

The annual Most Wired recognition is designed to measure the level of Information Technology adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems, and serves as a tool for leadership to map their IT strategic plans. The 'Most Wired' national survey showed that hospitals successfully using technology are able to share best practices for patient safety, and utilize electronic checklists routinely when caring for patients. 'Most Wired' hospitals met a rigorous set of standards across four operational categories in order to be recognized, including clinical integration and quality and safety.

Grundy County Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Iowa's largest health network, UnityPoint Health, which also received 'Most Wired' distinction. Other Iowa hospitals recognized include Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Fort Madison Community Hospital, Genesis Health System in Davenport, and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant was recognized in the 'small and rural' hospital category.



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