Most Wired Hospitals Lead the Industry in Consumer-Directed Health Care
NEW ORLEANS Ochsner Health System has been named one of the nations Most Wired, according to the results of the 2007 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, which has named the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems since 1999. Ochsner has been listed for the last four years.
Hospitals & Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association, released its annual list of the "100 most wired hospitals and health systems" in July.
The nations 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems are helping
consumers take charge of their health care by providing more tools via the
Internet, according to results from the seventh annual Most Wired
Among the findings:
- 64 percent of Most Wired hospitals provide online health coaching for obesity, smoking and chronic conditions;
- 49 percent of Most Wired hospitals allow patients to pre-register for services from scheduling tests to appointments on-line;
- 32 percent of Most Wired hospitals allow patients to check test results online; and
- 22 percent of hospitals provide patients the opportunity to visit a physician virtually.
Health care technology is a critical component of the health care delivery system, says Dr. Lynn Witherspoon, System Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Ochsner Health System. Consumers are doing everything from booking travel to managing their finances from their living rooms. The Most Wired hospitals provide the same opportunities with health care, says Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association (AHA).
The nations 100 Most Wired are also using information technology to improve quality, satisfaction and patient care by investing in technology to streamline business and clinical practices; to reduce medical errors; and to improve clinical outcomes. The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nations hospitals use of information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.
Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2007 survey in cooperation with Accenture, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com or at http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/070718/18mostwired.all.htm.
Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education. The system includes seven hospitals, a sub-acute facility, and 33 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Through our unique coordinated system, Ochsner provides healthcare with peace of mind because we put the needs of all patients first. Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 700 ongoing clinical research trials annually. Ochsner was ranked #1Best Place to Work by New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine in 2005 and 2006 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years. Ochsner was ranked as Best Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007.