Two local hospitals receive recognition by the AHA

Peoria - Unitypoint Health and OSF healthCare have both been acknowledged as two of the Most Wired advanced health systems in the country. Both were awarded this title by the American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Forum. AHA recognizes hospitals and health systems for excellence in information technology (IT).

The Most Wired award is a measurement of the level of IT adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems, and serves as a tool for hospital and health systems to map their IT strategic plans. This is done through the annual Health Care's Most Wired survey that includes 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals all over the country. The participants make up nearly 40 percent of all hospital in the U.S.

The survey’s results indicate that technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact; therefore improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. Some adaptations hospitals are taking to keep up with IT advancements include some hospitals using secure e-mails to keep in touch with patients, making prescription renewals available via mobile devices, and offering virtual physician visits.

James Mormann, Senior VP, Chief Information Officer for OSF said “as a Most Wired Health system, OSF HealthCare is using technology to create more ways to reach our patients in order to provide access to care.”


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