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MultiCare among nation's 'Most Wired'
MultiCare Health System is one of the nation’s Most Wired health care organizations for the third year in a row, according to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
MultiCare is one of the few health systems in the nation to have a complete electronic health record system. Madigan Army Medical Center was the only other hospital in Pierce County to earn the distinction.
All MultiCare outpatient clinics and hospitals are linked to the electronic health record called MultiCare Connect.
The 154 Most Wired organizations are hospitals and health systems that scored the highest on a recent national survey of more than 530 hospitals and health systems. The survey looked at the achievement in clinical quality and safety, in the continuum of care and in technology infrastructure, as well as in business and administrative management.
“MultiCare places great importance on delivering safe and quality care to our patients. Our electronic health record is an important tool for our health care providers, allowing them to instantly see changes to a patient’s record and keep track of procedures and medications,” said Florence Chang, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “We are honored to be considered among the top in our industry for our commitment to advancing care through technology.”
MultiCare Connect includes physician order entry, inpatient and outpatient area access, electronic imaging, patient access to records, bedside barcoding and other features that ensure patients get the safest and best care possible. MultiCare patients can view their health record, lab and test results, schedule an appointment or refill prescriptions using a secure patient portal called MyChart (Powered by MultiCare) at home or anywhere they have internet access.
MultiCare also is at the forefront of a national push to share electronic health records among health care systems. Earlier this year, MultiCare began exchanging electronic health records with other health care systems in the Puget Sound area and around the country, improving care and avoiding unnecessary duplication of services. This means that with a patient’s permission health care providers at other facilities can see the lab tests, images and treatments contained in a MultiCare health record. Or a MultiCare provider can access records from other systems for their patients. This capability helps move the country closer to nationwide interoperable electronic patient records.
MultiCare has been at the leading edge of this technology with implementation of MultiCare Connect in 1998.
MultiCare has earned other distinctions recently for health information technology. In 2010, MultiCare Health System was the sole winner of the prestigious Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for Organizational Health. Presented by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the national award recognizes MultiCare’s effective use of health information technology, specifically electronic health records, to improve the safety and quality of patient care.