For the third year in a row, Saint Barnabas Medical Center was named a 2015 Most Wired Hospital. The 2015 Most Wired™ survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration. This year, there were 338 organizations that achieved this prestigious recognition, 16 in New Jersey.
"We are honored to receive this prestigious designation that represents excellence in Information Technology. At Saint Barnabas Medical Center we are continuously embracing technologies to improve patient care, convenience and access," states Thomas A. Biga, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Michael McTigue, Barnabas Health Vice President Information Technology, added, "Some examples of these improvements included: incorporating tracking tags on specific items such as stretchers and wheelchairs, to facilitate the movement of patients throughout the organization; implementing notification software to alert clinicians about high-risk patients; and facilitating the electronic transmission of prescriptions to the on-site retail pharmacy so that prescriptions are filled in advance of a patient leaving the building."
Saint Barnabas Medical Center participates in a Health Information Exchange to facilitate care coordination for our clinicians across facilities. "Care coordination has become a top priority for all health care providers. We work closely with our physicians to provide access to the tremendous amount of data we now possess and incorporate what they possess in their offices to facilitate the continuum of care," continues Mr. McTigue.
Security controls and constant education for our staff is also a top priority in all of our initiatives. "We continue to improve our Electronic Medical Record Systems and are regularly training and retraining the staff. Our physicians and staff have embraced order entry and medication bar coding technologies with our usage at approximately 93% which far exceeds the national average," remarked Mr. McTigue. Medication bar coding, which involves scanning a bar code on the medication and on the patient prior to administration of the medication, has been shown to significantly decrease medication errors.
"Technologies are constantly evolving and changing. At Saint Barnabas Medical Center our goal is to incorporate those technologies which reinforce our mission of compassionate care, health care excellence and superior service," said Mr. Biga. For more information about Saint Barnabas Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org/sbmc.