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Monday, December 8, 2015
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Waterbury Hospital Recognized As “Most Wired” for Third Consecutive Year
National Award Recognizes Technological Advances for Improving Patient Care
September 2, 2015 --Waterbury Hospital today announced that it has been named a 2015 Most Wired hospital in an annual survey conducted by Hospital & Health Networks magazine, the flagship magazine of the American Hospital Association. This annual award is presented to hospitals that have demonstrated tremendous gains in using information technology (IT) to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
“Waterbury Hospital is leading the state in the use of IT to strengthen the patient experience. This award is a testament to our hard work in improving the patient care environment,” said Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, Waterbury Hospital President and CEO.
Waterbury Hospital is one of nine Connecticut hospitals to be recognized in the “Most Wired” survey, which is now in its 17th year. The survey examines hospital IT initiatives that are:
- sharing critical health information needed by clinicians and patients to promote health and make informed decisions,
- supporting care delivery and improvement, and
- reducing the likelihood of medical errors.
“We are using Information Technology to support clinical practice and improve patient care outcomes,” said Mike Cemeno, Waterbury Hospital’s Chief Information Officer. Cemeno said that several information technology initiatives have contributed to improvements in patient care and safety including a new automated Critical Care Pain Assessment Tool which helps quickly assess pain, increasing patient safety and comfort. An electronic medical record initiative was expanded to include behavioral health hospital patients and a new sepsis alert system identifies potential risks even before a patient is admitted to the hospital.
Cemeno went on to say, that effective information systems must be constantly monitored and improved to enhance user satisfaction. “We have just completed an “excessive” alert review to help assure our providers will not suffer from alert fatigue, which can contribute to increased errors,” Cemeno said.
“This is a tremendous achievement for our organization,” said Stromstad. “We’re proud of the cutting-edge information technology we are using to strengthen our patient care quality.”
About the Most Wired Survey
The 2015 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with VMware, a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption by hospitals, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association.