For the fifth year in a row, Rush Oak Park Hospital has been named among the Most Wired hospitals in the nation, according to the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.
According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, seven 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.
- More than 25 percent of hospitals use internet-enabled monitoring devices for chronic disease management of congestive heart failure, diabetes and heart disease.
“We’re honored to be recognized in this capacity once again,” said Dewey Gosnell, director of information technology at Rush Oak Park Hospital. “It’s a reflection of Rush’s overall commitment to providing the best technology available for its patients, doctors and health care professionals.”
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.
- 61 percent use social media to provide support groups.
“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.”
HealthCare’s Most Wired survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2016, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN).
“Rush’s adoption of electronic health records and the tools available to improve clinical quality, patient safety and business processes is helping set new standards in the hospital industry,” said Bruce Elegant, CEO and president of Rush Oak Park Hospital. “Rush Oak Park Hospital is proud to be on the cutting edge of IT and health care.”