Massena Memorial among nation's 100 'most wired' hospitals
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 11:49 am

For the fourth time, Masena memorial Hopsital is among the 100 “most wired” hospitals in the nation. Pictured with the hospital CEO Charles F. Fahd, II, are members of the hospital’s Management Information Systems team, from left, Jana Grose, Director of Information Systems Marilyn Carr, David Weitz, Jay Lawrence, Ty Batten, and Gina Bain.

MASSENA -- Massena Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s “most wired,” according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The nation’s “most wired” hospitals are improving performance in a number of areas with the adoption and use of health information technology to, according to Health Care’s Most Wired 2012 Survey.

More and more, hospitals are focuing on expanding and adopting information technology that protects patient data, and optimizes patient flow and communications.

“The MMH Information Technology team has worked extremely hard over the last few years to accomplish being Most Wired for the fourth time,” said Massena Memoriial’s CEO Charles Fahd, II.

“MMH understands the importance of health information technology and is committed to continually making progress toward meeting meaningful use criteria. The Information Systems Department has made significant gains through the information technology strategic plan to include the development of the EHR improves care by enabling functions that the paper records cannot deliver, improving patient safety, privacy and continuity of care.”

“Receiving the Most Wired designation is a hospital wide effort to include the employees, medical staff and the IT team,” said Jana Grose, Chief Information Officer/Information Technology Director. “IT does the framework, but it is the clinical people, the physicians, nurses, technologists and therapists who implement the information into the electronic medical record.”

Ninety-three percent of “most wired” hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to seventy-seven percent of the total responders.

Seventy-four percent of “most wired” hospitals and fifty-seven percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems.

Ninety percent of “most wired” hospitals and seventy three percent of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.

One hundred percent of “most wired” hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors