SGCMH named a ‘Most Wired Hospital for 2017’
Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) has been named one of the nation’s Most Wired health systems according to the 2017 Most Wired Survey results released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. SGCMH was one of 13 hospitals in Missouri that were recognized.
“This Most Wired recognition is a reflection of the work we have done to use leading edge technology to improve patient care and encourage patient engagement,” said Tom Keim, SGCMH CEO. “Our electronic medical record system and other tools allow our clinicians to practice more efficiently, improve patient safety and experience, lower costs, and ultimately deliver better care.”
Keim explained that the hospital has been slowly building up their system over the last 10 years and took a major upgrade three years ago that probably played a part in their receiving this recognition.
“It’s truly a testament to all the hard work of not only the IT department, but every hospital department that has been working with these computer upgrades,” Keim said. “It’s definitely quite an honor for us to receive this national award.”
Judy Schmieder, Director of Clinical Informatics, began her career as a RN, and had no idea what was coming down the “technology” pike. She recognizes, even as a small hospital, SGCMH has been very technologically advanced.
“I’ve been involved in the IT realm at SGCMH for about 13 years, and it’s definitely gotten a lot more advanced in that amount of time,” she said. “Some of our recent challenging projects include getting the telemetry--the heart monitor system to talk to the EMR so that they don’t have to print the paper out and then scan it in. We also integrated with the centralized fetal heart monitor that they use in the OB department. That information again populates right into the electronic medical record.”
Schmieder also said the patient portal is extremely robust and she encourages patients to look at their medication list, check their vaccines, look up their lab results and even message their provider.
Being recognized as one of the Most Wired hospitals in the nation is cause for SGCMH to celebrate.
“It’s just a proud moment for us,” Schmieder said. “We get the recognition and a plaque, but more than that it’s definitely an honor and a tribute to all the people in our organization who have put in a lot of hard work and time. I commend our CEO and Board of Trustees for giving the green light to pursue many of our projects.”
“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”
According to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information.