Early July, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics was named a “Most Wired Hospital” in 2016. This is the ninth straight year MGH&FC has received this prestigious designation given by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.
The Most Wired Survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, 2016, was recently published by Health & Hospitals Networks. According to the AHA, the 2016 Most Wired Survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals, nationwide. The survey represented an estimated 2,146 hospitals—more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.
In making the announcement Eric Moll, CEO of MGH&FC commented, “We are once again delighted to have received this outstanding recognition for the ninth year in a row. This year’s survey was based on how we have leveraged our IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration. The Most Wired award presents a strong alignment with our District’s Strategic Vision of United Community, Empowered People, Exceptional Health. This was all made possible through the leadership of Tom Hornburg, our chief information officer and his outstanding staff.”
“I’m honored that the Hospital District has won this award for the ninth straight year. This award shows the enduring dedication of our staff in working with technologies to help our patients achieve their best health,” Hornburg said.
According to the national survey, one of the characteristics of a Most Wired Hospital is its use of ‘telehealth’ to fill gaps in care; providing services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists. MGH&FC uses telehealth in stroke care and mental health services.
“We are breaking out of the traditional four walls of our Hospital and Clinics by providing care where and when patients need it,” added Moll. “MGH&FC exemplifies this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely.”