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YRMC named 2016 Most Wired

Most Wired hospitals use technology to create better patient experience

Technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions, according to results of the 18th Annual Health Care's Most Wired® survey, recently released by the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Forum.

The list of this year's hospitals honored as Most Wired includes Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC).

"YRMC is honored to be recognized a second consecutive year for the Most Wired Award," said Fredrick Peet, Chief Information Officer for YRMC. "We continually strive to add technology to our care environment that supports our mission and vision."

YRMC is one of only three hospitals in Arizona to be honored in 2016. The two other Arizona honorees are located in the Phoenix Metro area and Tucson.

"While we continue to support the infrastructure and backbone of our technology platforms," Peet said, "we explore and deploy technology that that can improve the lives of YRMC's patients and our ability to communicate with patients and families during those times when they need us."

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide
services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists. This year's results show:

The top three telehealth services offered in hospitals are consultations and office visits, stroke care, and psychiatric examinations and psychotherapy.
Stroke care is the most rapid growth area for telehealth services up 38 percent from 2015, as evidence-based studies emphasize the time urgency of stroke care. YRMC also offers Telehealth services in regard to Infant EKG's and Burn Trauma.

In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual's lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.

  • 68 percent accept patient-generated data through the patient portal.
  • 26 percent of Most Wired organizations offer E-visits through a mobile application.

"Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when
patients need it," said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. "These Most Wired
hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely. And, removing policy and other barriers to telehealth will allow even faster adoption of these amazing technologies."

The versatility of mobile technologies makes it possible for clinicians and care team members to have the right tools for sound clinical decision-making wherever they are: 81 percent of Most Wired hospitals use mobile applications to notify clinicians of sudden changes in patient conditions and correlated events such as falls or respiratory distress or failure. As they build out new capabilities, hospitals are also taking strong actions to ensure health data is secure.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.

About the American Hospital Association: The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.

About Health Forum: Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, visit www.healthforum.com

About Yuma Regional Medical Center: YRMC is a 406-bed, not-for-profit hospital dedicated to providing outstanding medical care to the residents of Yuma and the surrounding communities in southwestern Arizona. The YRMC team includes more than 2,000 employees, 300 medical providers and hundreds of volunteers.
 
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