Healthy Living

Piedmont Newnan in nation’s ‘most wired’

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital and Piedmont Newnan Hospital have been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals, according to the results of the Health Care’s Most Wired 2013 Survey released in the July issue of “Hospitals & Health Networks” magazine.

These four hospitals are among more than 250 hospitals nationwide recognized for leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas.

“At Piedmont, we recognize the importance of having a strong health information technology infrastructure in place, as it is a powerful tool in protecting patient information and enhancing communication,” said Mark Pasquale, chief information officer at Piedmont Healthcare. “We strive to stay ahead of the curve and are honored to have four of our hospitals named among the Most Wired.”

Among the key findings in the Health Care’s Most Wired 2013 survey this year: • Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results when only 27 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 12 percent of all hospitals responded “yes.”

• Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders.

• Sixty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders. Thirty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals do so with non-affiliated hospitals versus 24 percent of total responders. “This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.” Of note, nearly one third of Most Wired hospitals conduct controlled experiments or scenario-planning to make better management decisions. In addition, 41 percent provide a patient portal or Web-based solution for patient-generated data. Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at

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