North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal Rec­og­nized Na­tion­ally for Use of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy

Hos­pi­tal named 2016 Most Wired™ - Small and Ru­ral & HIMSS An­a­lyt­ics Stage 6

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - New­port, VT

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.

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