‘Most Wired’ status requires wise tech advances

Carle’s “Most Wired” status doesn’t mean jumping into medical technology advances lightly.

“We must balance the positives of new medical technology with cost and overall effectiveness,” said Michael Sutter, chief innovation officer.

“Not every piece of equipment will benefit the patient or be a fit for Carle.”

Hospitals & Health Networks magazine today announced its 2016 Most Wired list, recognizing Carle Foundation Hospital for the fifth year in a row and Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center for the fourth straight year.

The Most Wired Survey spotlights organizations’ use of technology to manage administration, clinical quality and safety, care continuum and technology infrastructure. The hospitals join only 336 out of more than 2,100 U.S. hospitals surveyed.

Using technology wisely helps Carle manage patient care and health information.

“Technology allows our physicians quicker access to critical information. We are enhancing technology to monitor patients’ health to keep them well and out of the hospital," said Rick Rinehart, vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer.

MyCarle is a key example.

"Health care is changing, and we have to respond to our patients. More people want to take part in their health care, connect with their providers know test results faster," said Timothy Meneely, DO, senior vice president of Population Health.

“Instead of making a phone call to schedule an appointment or get test results, people can go online, take action, be informed and work with their physician to get and stay well.”

MyCarle provides prescriptions reordering, hospital release instructions and outpatient after-visit summaries, as well as health insurance coverage and benefits.

“As a health system that includes not only hospitals and a large physician practice, but also a health insurance plan, our ability to optimize technology to benefit patients and members is critical,” said John Snyder, executive vice president and system chief operating officer.

“We rely upon health information technology to operate effectively and connect on the back end to support quality care.”