Providence named a 'Most Wired' health system 

Providence Health & Services is being recognized as one of the Most Wired organizations in health care by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

Providence's use of a single electronic health record across all patient care facilities was a primary factor in being chosen for this recognition.

“By implementing Epic on such a large scale, we have been able to support the full-circle connection of health records between providers and patients, improving care transitions for the nearly 3.2 million unique patients we serve each year,” said Janice Newell, senior vice president and chief information officer, Providence Health & Services.

The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging information technology to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety and clinical integration. According to the survey results, data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation’s hospitals.

The Epic system has already shown results when it comes to improving the safety and care we provide our patients.  

“We are monitoring the lives covered through our Providence-Swedish Accountable Care Organization to understand the health of populations as well as take a pulse on the care we are delivering,” Newell said. “Data presented us with a patient seeking care for the same symptoms at multiple EDs, and what was thought to be medication-seeking behavior was in fact a patient who was not getting the appropriate treatment. We were able to discover this when one of our medical directors detected this patient’s behavior from information in Epic and reached out to the patient’s primary care provider to help the patient get the right care in the right place.”

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See the official announcement for more information. Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in this FAQ. The full Most Wired list is available online.