For the third year in a row, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired,” according o the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The hospital is the first and only one in Central New York to receive this recognition.
Health Care’s Most Wired hospitals must meet specific requirements in four designated areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and clinical integration.
St. Joseph’s has implemented a new kind of information technology, computerized physician order entry, through a computer application called SJOrders. The technology streamlines the ordering process, as clinicians can order electronically, either directly to specific departmental computer systems or to staff accessing the orders in the appropriate locations. The CPOE process also allows for electronic order confirmation and updated test results.
“The implementation of CPOE is just one of the ways that St. Joseph’s has shown its commitment to improving the efficiency of the overall hospital network,” said Marty Mulderig, director of information services at St. Joseph’s, in a press release. “St. Joseph’s investment in information technology allows those within the hospital to do their jobs more simply and more effectively, while creating the necessary channels to deliver quality patient care and clinical outcomes.”
St. Joseph’s has also improved its systems by creating a new primary data. The development of this data center has allowed the hospital to divide redundant infrastructures for business and clinical information systems between two data centers, creating a reliable backup system.