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MultiCare earns top ranking for efficiency, integration
MultiCare Health System recently earned the highest ranking among West Coast health systems for its efficiency and integrated healthcare network and also placed fourth in national rankings.
MultiCare is ranked No. 4 on the 2010 Top 100 Integrated Health Networks list, compiled by independent researcher SDI and reported in the Jan. 25 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. The list ranks local and regional health care networks on service, technology and other factors. MultiCare achieved the highest rank among West Coast hospitals. Three other Washington health systems made the list of the Top 100.
This is the eighth consecutive year MultiCare has ranked in the Top 100. The system was ranked No. 6 in 2009 and No. 8 in 2008.
“MultiCare continues to rise in the rankings and that’s a credit to all the employees who work so hard to provide the best care available to residents in the South Sound,” said MultiCare Good Samaritan President John Long. “Our performance is a testament to our commitment to patient care and our robust electronic health record.”
The rating evaluates each network's ability to operate as a unified organization in each of eight categories: integration, integrated technology, services and access, financial stability, hospital utilization, outpatient utilization, physicians and contractual capabilities.
MultiCare continues to integrate electronic health records (EHR) within the clinics and hospitals. This has made MultiCare one of few health systems in the nation to implement a comprehensive electronic health records system. MultiCare won the prestigious HIMSS Davies Organizational Award of Excellence in 2009. The award is given to just one health care system in the country that effectively uses health information technology, such as electronic health records to improve safety and quality of patient care.
Called MultiCare Connect, the system allows immediate, secure access to a single, comprehensive health record each time a patient visits a MultiCare hospital or doctor.
MultiCare Health System includes four hospitals: Tacoma General Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Allenmore Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital; and a network of primary care and specialty care clinics. MultiCare is the largest health care system in the South Sound region.
Posted on Jan 25, 2010 in