Providence Health System Earns Most Wired Hospital Distinction

August 3, 2017 11:45 am Published by

Providence Health System is one of only nine health care facilities in Alabama to be named a 2017 Most Wired Hospital, according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey released by the American Hospital Association. The distinction recognizes the use of technology to improve communication, patient safety and patient-provider relationships.

Most Wired Hospitals use smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access services and capture health information. Providence was recognized for its use of wireless technology for patient telemetry, infusion pumps, nurse call and medication dispensing.

A key use of technology at Providence is maintaining electronic health records that contain a patient’s medical history, nurse notes, physician notes, results of testing and monitoring and other details of the patient’s health. Technology is also used at Providence for supply tracking, medication tracking, providing a patient portal that gives patients access to their personal health information, and using the internet to provide patient education.

In all of its applications, technology enhances patient safety at Providence in many ways. The hospital’s electronic orders entry system, for example, decreases the risk of error, provides greater clarity and legibility than handwritten orders and expedites care. Likewise, a system that transmits real time alerts when a patient’s lab values are outside normal readings allows providers to respond immediately with appropriate intervention.

A similar level of technology use and innovation at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola earned that facility Most Wired Hospital recognition, too. Providence and Sacred Heart are both part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.  Seventeen Ascension hospitals and health systems were included in the Most Wired Hospital list.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Hospitals & Health Networks. The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals – or 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals – examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration. More information is available at www.hhnmag.com.

Founded in 1854 and based in Mobile, Ala., Providence Hospital offers 349 beds and comprehensive healthcare for emergency, cardiovascular, cancer, orthopedics, obstetrics and surgical services, as well as an outpatient diagnostic center and a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center. Providence Hospital has been designated a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama for spine, hip and knee surgeries, reflecting a high level of performance in patient safety and outcomes.

About Providence

On the Gulf Coast, Providence based in Mobile, Alabama, and Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola, Florida, are part of Ascension. Together, these Ascension healthcare facilities have served Gulf Coast communities for more than 160 years and they employ more than 6,600 associates. Across the region, Ascension provided more than $113 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016.  Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. For more on Providence, visit www.providencehospital.org or call 251-633-1000.