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Monica Buchanan, Director of Community & Media Relations
Hartford, Conn.- A recent survey of the most technology-advanced hospital in the United States recognized Connecticut Children’s Medical as one of the “most wired” in the nation. The 19th annual survey by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum, released last week, recognized the U.S. facilities that are taking the most advantage of technology and innovation to deliver care to patients.
“Most Wired” hospitals are using smartphones, telehealth and remote monitoring tools to create more ways for patients to access services, physicians to access medical histories and for administrators to gather information, according to the survey.
“The Most Wired hospitals are investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs,” said AHA president and CEO Rick Pollack.
Connecticut Children’s is capitalizing on technology advances to launch a new telehealth platform, through a partnership with Avizia.
The deal aims to provide access to care at neighboring hospitals who need neonatal or emergency department consults, especially for patients with complex or more acute medical needs and conditions.
“We believe telehealth can dramatically improve the quality of our care and extend our reach beyond our hospital walls,” said Jim Shmerling, President & Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Children’s.
In addition, Connecticut Children’s is the first in the state to utilize the EASE app, allowing physicians to provide real time updates from the operating room using HIPAA secure texts and videos.
Not only that, Connecticut Children’s was the first healthcare organization in the state to successfully integrate the hospital’s electronic health records system with the state prescription drug database. The hospital now provides physicians with access to controlled substance prescription histories in real-time, at the point-of-care to improve patient safety and prevent overprescribing.
Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.
ABOUT CONNECTICUT CHILDREN’S
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children. Connecticut Children’s is a nationally recognized not-for-profit with a medical staff of more than 1,000 providing comprehensive, world-class health care in more than 30 pediatric specialties and subspecialties. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of The Jackson Laboratory. Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is a national leader in community-based prevention and wellness programs.