Opelousas General Health System Named 2017 Most Wired Hospital

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“We are constantly engaged in ways to improve care delivery efficiency and creating a new dynamic in patient care through technology use,” said Kenneth Cochran, DSc, RN, FACHE, President & CEO of OGHS.

Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. This year’s results show:

  •     76 percent offer secure messaging with clinicians on mobile devices.
  •     When patients need ongoing monitoring at home, 74 percent use secure e-mails for patients and families to keep in touch with the care team.
  •     68 percent simplify prescription renewals by letting patients make requests on mobile devices.
  •     62 percent add data reported by patients to the electronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.
  •     Nearly half of the hospitals are using telehealth to provide behavioral health services to more patients.
  •     40 percent offer virtual physician visits.
  •     More than 40 percent provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.

“We are constantly engaged in ways to improve care delivery efficiency and creating a new dynamic in

patient care through technology use,” said Kenneth Cochran, DSc, RN, FACHE, President & CEO of

Opelousas General Health System. “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts and proud to be named

as a Most Wired healthcare organization for the seventh time.”

“I am very excited to be among the Most Wired Hospitals in America again this year. We strive to

bring state-of-the-art technology to patients in our Opelousas community,” said Jared Lormand, Chief

Information Officer of Opelousas General Health System.

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. Hospitals have increased their use of sophisticated…

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