Trade magazine recognizes Palmetto Health for use of technology

Palmetto Health Hospital has been named one of the “most wired” organizations for the seventh time by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The hospital is one of only six health care providers in the nation and the only Midlands medical center to meet the criteria for the recognition.

“We use technology to help physicians and team members provide the highest quality care to our patients by standardizing best practices, creating operational efficiencies and eliminating waste,” said Palmetto Health Chief Information Officer Michelle Edwards. “Technology is essential for empowering Palmetto Health in meeting our patients’ health care needs, now and in the future.”

This is the sixth time Palmetto Health has earned the recognition.

The 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey reviews innovative digital and information technology methods to improve patient-centered care and connect various care providers. The survey found that 67 percent of the Most Wired hospitals share patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Additionally, 81 percent of medications use a barcode to match them to the patient, nurse and order.

Edwards said Palmetto Health’s patient portals added this past year to boost patient experience with the system’s physicians and acute care hospitals.

The study also found that a majority of the most wired hospitals gather data electronically to build a community health record and integrate clinical and claims information efficiently.

Organizations also use social media, including mobile messaging, to send out care management messages and communicate with patients.

“Healthcare professionals need to be free to communicate virtually across teams and to patients,” said Tad Reynes, regional vice president of AT&T Business Solutions. “Providing tools to do so can potentially reduce costs, simplify workflows, improve patient care and offer a better experience to users.”

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