Health system honored for advances in information technology
MAYWOOD -- Loyola University Health System (LUHS) has been named one of the nationâs Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems, according to results of the 2010 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study. These results were published in the July issue of the American Hospital Associationâs Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine.
âLoyola recognizes that quality patient care goes beyond the bedside to use information technology to link our clinics and connect to our patients,â said Art Krumrey, vice president and chief information officer, LUHS. âOur organization is honored to be recognized for the strides we have made to advance these innovations for patients and health-care providers.â
2010 marks the 12th annual release of the list of Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems. LUMC was one of the 124 hospitals named Most Wired of the 1,280 that applied. This award marks the eighth time LUHS has been named to the list.
Hospitals are named to the list based on a detailed scoring process. The survey evaluates how hospitals use information technology to address five key areas: safety and quality, customer service, business processes, workforce and public health and safety.
Among the reasons LUHS was included on the list was its investment in an electronic medical record system, which has recently been updated.
âLoyolaâs upgraded electronic medical record system provides immediate access to health information and further protects patients from human error,â Krumrey said. âThis technology will bring significant clinical and operational efficiencies to the health system.â
LUHS is among a small percentage of institutions that fully use electronic medical records. The technology allows physicians to receive patient test results and communications from other physicians more quickly and easily through electronic inboxes. Loyola also has taken its electronic medical record system a step further by establishing myLoyolaSelect, a web-based tool for patients to see select portions of their medical records and communicate securely with their physicians.
âThe health system has expanded its information technology resources to improve communication and enhance the patient experience,â said Ron Price, associate dean for information systems, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. âLoyola will continue to take a progressive approach to bringing interactive resources to our patients.â