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Published on July 10, 2013

PIH Health Named 2013 Most Wired Award Recipient

American Hospital Association Recognized the Top Health Systems in the Nation in the Information Technology Field

PIH Health was named a 2013 Most Wired award recipient by Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN), a monthly publication from the American Hospital Association (AHA) on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

H&HN annually surveys the nation's healthcare systems on their use of high-tech communications, and its Most Wired status is awarded to innovators in the Information Technology (IT) field. Criteria must be met in all four focus areas in order to be considered: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration.

Over the past several years, PIH Health has invested in the integration of electronic patient records while simultaneously ensuring compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). PIH Health has moved forward to address this issue by utilizing an Enterprise Patient Index (EPI) that seamlessly links patients across its hospital, ambulatory offices and home/hospice care. Future projects include deploying a health information exchange to connect our community physicians, and implementing a patient portal to further engage our patients.

"Since 2003, we have aligned our strategic plan to the changing dynamics of healthcare technology," said Peggy Chulack, chief administrative officer. "Under this direction, PIH Health's Information Solutions Department (contracted out to Allscripts) has taken patient care and patient privacy to a new level of efficient, coordinated care."

Health Care's Most Wired Survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, 2013, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all United States hospitals.

"This year's Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation," said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. "The hospital field can learn ways that IT can help to improve efficiency from these outstanding organizations."

The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at hhnmag.com. The formal award presentations will be made at the Health Forum and American Hospital Association Leadership Summit in San Diego on Friday, July 26, 2013.