Martha Jefferson Healthwise: Most Wired Award

July 17, 2013

Martha Jefferson Hospital is receiving honors when it comes to technology. The hospital recently received the Most Wired Award, which recognizes facilities that have implemented innovated computer systems that enhance patient care.

When you think of a hospital, you probably think of patients, doctors and medicine, but lots of computers and technology are also behind patient care.

At Martha Jefferson Hospital there are a few rooms reserved for only computers. Inside, dozens of computers and machines are working to operate systems all over the hospital. One of those systems called the clinical system keeps track of all electronic medical records.

"We have a continuous monitoring system that checks the patient’s situation constantly. If there's any kind of deviation based on certain criteria of that patient’s condition, there's an automatic alert that goes to the patient's caregiver team so they can make decisions immediately on whether to take action or not," said Lynne Richards, Director of Information services Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Recently the hospital updated its technology.

"We now can share our clinical information automatically to clinics, other hospitals, specialty groups so that whole electronic records now can quickly and rapidly move to different places other than Martha Jefferson Hospital for that continuity of a patient. So, that's significant," said Richards.

Because of these upgrades and the way the system is used, the hospital is now receiving honors. The Most Wired Award recognizes hospitals across the county that use technology to improve patient care with regards to patient safety, patient quality, how they interpret data, reducing medication errors and more.

It's an award employees say should make patients feel better about their care.

"What that means for them is that they can be fully assured that aside from the great knowledge of their caregivers and what they know and how they know to take care of the patient, the caregivers themselves have access to very accurate data about their condition and they can make their decisions based on more information than they ever could before," said Richards.

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