WesCom News Service

Grande Ronde Hospital has been recognized as one of only two hospitals in Oregon to achieve Most Wired status in 2016.

“This national recognition affirms Grande Ronde Hospital and its clinics’ strategic commitments to the effective use of information technologies for better quality, safety, and overall patient outcome,” said GRH Senior Director of Information Technology Parhez Sattar.

According to results of the 18th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released earlier this month by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum, Most Wired hospitals are using technology to improve the efficiency of care delivery and create a new dynamic in patient interactions.

“This is an achievement for the entire organization, for our use of IT in clinical, financial and business operations,” Sattar said. “IT infrastructure is a part of all of that, but the recognition is for all users of various technologies.”

In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.

“Hospitals are breaking out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely. And, removing policy and other barriers to telehealth will allow even faster adoption of these amazing technologies.”

Most Wired hospitals are utilizing population health management tools and partnering with other health care providers to share critical clinical information used in analyzing interventions aimed at key patient groups, such as those with diabetes. To get patients the right care, hospitals are using predictive modeling to eliminate preventable problems.