Baptist Health Repeats in 2017 with Most Wireds Most Improved Recognition
Baptist Health is a repeat honoree as among the nation's Most Wired hospital systems, according to the 19th annual Health Care's Most Wired® survey, released last week by the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Forum.
LOUISVILLE, KY. (July 17, 2017) – Baptist Health is a repeat honoree as among the nation’s “Most Wired” hospital systems, according to the 19th annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released last week by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.
The health system was recognized in the Most Improved category. This is the second year that the eight-hospital system was recognized for its use of technology to improve communication with and service to patients – from scheduling appointments to sending secure messages to patients about their results.
In October 2015, Baptist Health began rolling out its electronic health records system to its physician offices and hospitals. Baptist Health worked with Epic Systems, used by some of the nation’s largest health systems for electronic health records.
All Baptist Health hospitals, outpatient centers in Kentucky are now using Epic, plus all Baptist Health Medical Group offices. Rollout of the electronic health record was completed in January 2017.
“A majority of physicians unanimously chose the electronic health record we installed, and our launch team worked hard to make the transition a smooth one,” said Tricia Julian, chief information officer for Baptist Health. “We are committed to providing the best information technology environment possible to support our excellent patient care and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts.”
“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”
HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017 is published annually by Health & Hospitals Network (H&HN).
About Baptist Health
Founded in 1924 in Louisville, Kentucky, Baptist Health is a full-spectrum health system dedicated to improving the health of the communities it serves. The Baptist Health family consists of nine hospitals (eight owned and one managed); employed and independent physicians; more than 300 outpatient facilities, physician practices and services, including urgent care and retail-based clinics; outpatient diagnostic and surgery centers; home care; occupational medicine and physical therapy clinics; and fitness centers.
Baptist Health’s eight owned hospitals include more than 2,400 licensed beds in Corbin, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Paducah and Richmond. In Kentucky and New Albany, Ind. Baptist Health manages Hardin Memorial Hospital, a 300-bed hospital in Elizabethtown, KY.
Baptist’s physician network includes more than 450 employed physicians and more than 1,600 independent physicians. It employs more than 20,000 people in Kentucky and surrounding states.
About the American Hospital Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of healthcare 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, healthcare systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and is a source of information on healthcare 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 healthcare leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability.