Maria Parham Medical Center named among Healthcare’s “2015 Most Wired”

July 10, 2015

Henderson, NC (July 10, 2015) – For the second year in a row, Maria Parham Medical Center (MPMC), a Duke LifePoint hospital, has made Hospitals & Health Networks’ “Most Wired” List.  Spearheaded by the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association, the list is based on responses to the “Most Wired Survey”, an annual study on the application, use and innovation of information technology (IT) in the hospital setting.

“We strive daily to provide the highest quality of care possible to our patients, and our team has done an exceptional job leveraging technology to help us achieve that goal,” said Brian Sinotte, MPMC chief executive officer.  “Having the ability to leverage IT capabilities to access clinical data in real time, or near-real time, has significantly improved the level of care and service we are able to provide patients. We are proud of this recognition; our team has done a first-rate job at identifying opportunities to enhance our services using technology.” 

Considered one of the most trusted and credible management publications in the healthcare field and the leading publication for hospital and health system executives, Hospitals & Health Networks launched the survey and list to measure the level of IT adoption in hospitals and health systems across the country.  

The study analyzes four key areas:

  • Infrastructure: Adoption of security measures like identification control, testing, encryption safeguards and continuous risk analysis;
  • Business and Administrative Management: Application of programs that assist with managerial tasks like electronic health records (EHR), electronic payer transactions and bar-code technology that provides the identification of medications from pharmacy for patient administration, patient identification for medication administration, along with identification of documents for placement within the electronic patient record alleviating the need for manual data entry;
  • Clinical Quality and Safety: Utilization of programs such as computerized physician order entry (CPOE), point-of-care medication administration systems, physician access to clinical pathways, and digital imaging storage and transfer; and
  • Clinical Integration: Usage of programs that assist with electronic discharge instructions, patient portals, hospital-physician connectivity and online health information. 

“In addition to improving patient care, we also have seen tremendous improvements in our operational, clinical and financial performance,” states Jim Chatman, chief financial officer of MPMC.   “Even more exciting is the fact that we are just beginning. We continue to look for innovative ways to better utilize our information systems and create faster, more effective and more efficient healthcare solutions.” 

Specific initiatives implemented at MPMC include implementing the Mobile Clinician Application, speech to text for physician documentation and reporting, and advanced data storage and retrieval systems. 

“We have had an aggressive IT strategy in place for several years now with the goal of improving the overall quality and coordination of patient care,” said Randy Williams, director of IT at MPMC. “We have been able to advance that goal and the benefits have been felt throughout the hospital and community. Physicians and clinical staff have greater access to patient health information; hospital support roles have been made more efficient and effective; and patients now have greater access to their health records, including billing information, discharge instructions, and future needs.” 

The Most Wired survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15 of 2015, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 741 surveys, representing 2213 hospitals, or more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals. 

The July Hospitals & Health Networks cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com. 

About the AHA

The AHA is a nonprofit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org. 

About the Most Wired Survey

The 2014 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association. 

About Maria Parham Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital

Maria Parham Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, is a regional hospital in Henderson, North Carolina, serving the people of north central North Carolina and Southside Virginia.  As a part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Maria Parham offers a combination of Duke University Health System’s world-renowned leadership in clinical excellence and quality care, and LifePoint Health’s extensive resources, knowledge and experience in operating community hospitals.  Maria Parham offers a wide range of services and the latest technology to meet the healthcare needs of the community.  It is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and CMS.  For more information about Maria Parham Medical Center, please call (252) 438-4143 or visit www.mariaparham.com