North Country Hospital Recognized Nationally for Use of Information Technology
Hospital named 2016 Most Wired™ - Small and Rural & HIMSS Analytics Stage 6
In recognition of its innovative use of information technology to improve patient care, North Country Hospital was named a 2016 “Most Wired™” organization by the American Hospital Association and recognized for its implementation of IT initiatives in the areas of infrastructure, quality, safety, and clinical integration.
“North Country Hospital has a long history of leveraging technology to provide the best possible patient care to our community. As a small community hospital, we
are proud to be one of only four facilities in Vermont to receive this designation in 2016. This award, in conjunction with being recognized as HIMSS Stage 6, confirms that our IT strategy is on the right path” explains Kate Pierce, Executive Director of Information Systems.
NCH was one of four Vermont hospitals awarded as a result of the 18th annual Healthcare’s Most Wired survey released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.
Earlier in the year, the hospital achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 6. Nationally, only 4% of Hospitals have achieved higher than stage 6. A Stage 6 designation by HIMSS Analytics indicates that a facility has almost fully automated/paperless medical records that are available across most of the outpatient care settings. Among other qualifications, the facility must have achieved significant advancement in its IT capabilities, and is either starting to evaluate its data for care delivery process improvements or has already documented significant improvements in this area.
“While it’s great to receive industry awards and recognition, our true focus remains the continuous advancement of our ability to care for our patients and improve the health of our community” explained Pierce.