Lafayette General Health garners Most Wired awards, again!

8/2/2013

Three Lafayette General Health affiliates, Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC), Lafayette General Surgical Hospital (LGSH) and Opelousas General Health System (OGHS), have been recognized as the nation’s Most Wired. The results of the 2013 Most Wired survey were released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

According to the survey, the nation’s Most Wired hospitals use health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas, including protecting patient data and optimizing patient flow and communications. With over 5,000 hospitals in the U.S., only 289 received recognition, this year, as being Most Wired.

LGMC and OGHS were two of the three acute care hospitals in Louisiana to land the 2013 Health Care’s Most Wired. LGMC and LGSH were the only recipients in Lafayette. In fact, LGSH was the only physician-owned facility from Louisiana to be included on the Most Wired list.

"Our focus continues towards building an Electronic Health Record (EHR) foundation that extends primary care to our community, homecare, school clinics and employers,” says Edwina Mallery, RHIA,Vice President of Information Systems/CIO for Lafayette General Health.

LGMC was the first hospital in Acadiana to offer a jobsite telemedicine clinic, providing real-time clinical information and care. The hospital has a long history of other technological firsts in Acadiana. The hospital achieved Stage 6 status in electronic recordkeeping and was among a handful of hospitals from around the world to broadcast a live surgical procedure to the largest peripheral vascular conference in the United States.

In November 2011, LGMC and Opelousas General were the first in Louisiana to pilot the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE). LaHIE is the mechanism that allows for the secure exchange of health information among authorized providers.

"Our hospital has always been a pioneer in bringing the most advanced technology to Acadiana,” says David L. Callecod, FACHE, President/CEO of Lafayette General Health. "We will continue to pave the way by incorporating the newest, safest and most effective health care strategies available.”

Callecod praised LGMC, LGSH and those at OGHS for helping implement and adapt to the latest technology. "It takes a total team effort to smoothly transition into new technology. I applaud Opelousas General President/CEO Mark Marley, FACHE, and Vice President of Information Technology/CIO Jared Lormand for their dedication to enhancing technology in Acadiana. They are a valuable partner to the Lafayette General Health family,” he says.

"We are very excited to be recognized along with LGMC once again this year for the Most Wired award,” says Lormand. This is OGHS’ fifth year being recognized by the AHA’s Most Wired.

"Our patients are at the center of all of our systems; we utilize information technology to improve their health, reduce their cost and continue enhancing our quality of care,” added Mallery.

LGSH Administrator/VP Carrie Templeton reiterates response to the award in saying, "Getting this type of recognition is a welcome reward for our staff and supports a commitment to our mission.”

According to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine characteristics of ‘Most Wired’ Hospitals include:

  • 71% use electronic disease registries, compared with 51% of all survey hospitals
  • 69% use electronic prescription systems, compared with 60% of all survey hospitals
  • 66% share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, compared with 49% of all survey hospitals
  • 37% use patient discharge data with non-affiliated hospitals, compared with 24% of all survey hospitals
"As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but also to improve efficiency,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. "Hospitals receiving Most Wired recognition are truly representative of our nation's hospitals and systems––rural and urban, small and large, teaching and non-teaching, and critical access hospitals geographically dispersed.”

The July Hospital & Health Networks cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

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