CHICAGO – Lafayette
General Medical Center (LGMC) has
been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired, according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released in
the July issue of Hospitals & Health
The nation’s Most Wired hospitals leverage the
adoption and use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance
in a number of areas, according to Health Care’s Most Wired 2012
a field, hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data, and optimizes patient flow and
LGMC was the only hospital in Louisiana to land the 2012
Health Care’s Most Wired, while Opelousas General Health System (OGHS), an
affiliate of LGMC, was recognized in the survey as a 2012 Most Wired – Small
and Rural hospital. LGMC and OGHS were the only two Louisiana hospitals to
garner any recognition.
will be to build an EHR foundation for care delivery that extends out to our
community, to integrate our primary care, homecare, school clinics, and provide
employers with tools such as telemedicine solutions to provide real-time
clinical information and care delivery,” says Edwina Mallery, RHIA, AVP of
Information Systems at LGMC.
LGMC has a long history of technological firsts in
Acadiana. This year, the hospital
became the first to offer a jobsite telemedicine clinic, achieve Stage 6 status
in electronic record keeping 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, Lafayette General and Opelousas General
were the first in the State to pilot the Louisiana Health Information Exchange
(LaHIE). LaHIE is the mechanism
that allows for the secure exchange of health information among authorized
"Our hospital has always been a pioneer in bringing the
most advanced technology to Acadiana,” says LGMC President/CEO David L.
Callecod, FACHE. "We will continue
to pave the way by incorporating the newest, safest and most effective health
care strategies available.”
Callecod praised his hospital staff 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 Gary Keller and Vice President of Information Technology/CIO Jared
Lormand for their dedication to enhancing technology in Acadiana. They are a valuable partner to the LGMC
family,” he says.
"It was very
forward-thinking to join LGMC in the LaHIE venture” Lormand says. "This exchange will set the stage for
the future of health care delivery in Louisiana and the nation.
"We are very
excited to be recognized along with LGMC this year for the Most Wired
award. This is OGHS’ fourth year
being recognized by the AHA’s Most Wired since 2005. Our administration and board of trustees strive to stay on
the leading edge of all facets of health care that we deliver,” says Lormand.
patients are at the center of all of our systems and therefore allow us to utilize
information technology to improve their health, reduce their cost and continue
enhancing our quality of care,” added Mallery.
"Getting this type of recognition is a welcome reward for
our staff and illustrates a commitment to our mission to restore, maintain and
improve health,” she says.
Health Networks magazine singled out a few
key findings of this year’s survey, and LGMC met each of the criteria
included. Among the key findings
of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient
privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to seventy-seven percent of
the total responders.
Seventy-four percent of Most Wired hospitals and
fifty-seven percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems.
Ninety percent of Most Wired hospitals and
seventy three percent of all surveyed use performance
improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.
One hundred percent of
Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when
medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors
"As shown by these survey results,
hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve
patient care and safety but it is also a means 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.”
"Equipping caregivers with the information needed to drive
quality, safety and efficiency will continue to be an imperative as the
challenges facing health systems grow increasingly complex,” says Pat Blake,
president, McKesson Technology Solutions.
"The effective use of health
IT, including actionable analytics and connectivity, can be a strategic lever as
hospitals and health systems work to drive better
outcomes while managing capacity, reducing costs, and coordinating care across multiple settings and
The July H&HN
cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.
About Lafayette General Medical Center
Lafayette General Medical Center, a 353 staffed bed facility,
is the largest full-service, acute-care medical center in the nine-parish area
of Acadiana. LGMC provides
families with comprehensive medical services at every level of care, from
severe emergency trauma to the common cold. Lafayette General evolved from Lafayette Sanitarium, a six-bed
facility that opened in 1911, and has been a leader in health care throughout
its existence. Over the years, LGMC has expanded its services and facilities to
meet the community's growing needs.
Lafayette General Medical Center is recognized by
federal and state tax laws as a 501c(3) not-for-profit corporation. Although
the hospital generates money by billing for its health care services, it does
not pay out any revenue to shareholders, as for-profits do. Any net revenue is
reinvested into the organization for new equipment, facilities, and technology
to better care for the people we serve.
As the region’s only community-owned and managed
hospital, all decisions are made locally by an experienced administrative team
and a volunteer Membership Corporation and Board of Trustees. At LGMC, you can count on us to stay
one step ahead of the changing face of health care. For general information,
call (337) 289-7991.
Opelousas General Health System
Since 1957, Opelousas General Health System has been dedicated to the
provision of quality health care through its strong commitment and high
standards. Central to the success of OGHS's commitment for excellence is
the presence of an outstanding and highly qualified staff of physicians,
nurses, technologists and other personnel who provide professional treatment in
a caring environment. Serving as the region's referral medical center,
OGHS is a 245-bed, full service medical center, and the area's most
comprehensive community health care facility offering a wide range of medical
specialties and state-of-the-art technology.
About the AHA
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization
that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and
their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems,
networks, other providers of care and 40,000 individual members come together
to form the AHA. Founded in 1898,
the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of
information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.
About the Most
2012 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the
American Hospital Association.
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives
(CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information
officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO
members and over 70 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms,
CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior
professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices;
address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of
information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities