LGMC, LGSH, SMH and OGHS Named “Most Wired”


Being at the forefront of information technology has earned four Lafayette General Health-affiliated hospitals recognition among the nation’s “Most Wired.” Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC), Lafayette General Surgical Hospital (LGSH), St. Martin Hospital (SMH) and Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) were named in the 2014 Most Wired survey published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Most Wired hospitals are recognized for meeting a set of rigorous competency criteria and using health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas, including protecting patient data, optimizing patient flow and communications, and reducing the likelihood of medical errors.

With over 5,000 hospitals in the U.S., only 375 were named “Most Wired.” LGMC, LGSH, SMH and OGHS were the only Acadiana hospitals honored. In fact, LGSH was the only physician-owned facility from Louisiana to be included on the Most Wired list. LGMC has been named Most Wired every year since 2012. Only two other hospitals in Louisiana were named in the 2014 survey.

“We continue to grow a health system that improves accuracy and efficiency by investing in modern technology at all of our facilities,” says Edwina Mallery, RHIA, Assistant Vice President of Information Systems for Lafayette General Health. “We utilize information technology to improve community health, reduce costs and enhance our quality of care,” she says.

“We are very excited to be recognized along with our other Lafayette General partners for the Most Wired award,” says LGSH Administrator Carrie Templeton. This is the second year in a row LGSH has been named Most Wired. “This is a nice show of support for our staff and reflects a commitment to our mission.”

St. Martin Hospital CEO Katie Hebert adds, “Our hospital strives to bring the most advanced technology to St. Martin Parish. This award shows how we continue to flourish under Lafayette General Health by incorporating the newest, safest and most effective health care strategies available.”

The 2014 Most Wired Survey also covered the evolution of new models and payment from the IT perspective. As health care evolves, it requires better use of data analytics, care coordination and population health management.

  • 36 percent of Most Wired hospitals aggregate data from patient encounters to create a community health record.
  • 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers.
  • 43 percent of Most Wired organizations integrate clinical and coverage-claims data so that they are accessible, searchable and reportable across the care community.
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

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