Technology makes it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. At Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado), these technologies help patients become more actively involved in their care while maintaining their health.
According to 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. This year’s results show:
- 76 percent offer secure messaging clinicians on mobile devices.
- When patients need ongoing monitoring at home, 74 percent use secure e-mails for patients and families to keep in touch with the care team.
- 68 percent simplify prescription renewals by letting patients make requests on mobile devices.
- 62 percent add data reported by patients to the electronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.
- Nearly half of the hospitals are using telehealth to provide behavioral health services to more patients.
- 40 percent offer virtual physician visits.
- More than 40 percent offer virtual physician visits.
- More than 40 percent provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.
"We are honored to be recognized for the fifth year as a Most Wired hospital. This award continues to be a benchmark for how we leverage technology throughout Children's Colorado to ensure we are providing the best care possible while remaining strategic with emerging technologies," said Dana Moore, senior vice president and chief information officer at Children's Colorado." This award is also a great reflection on our staff, nurses, providers, and partners who deliver unparalleled support to our patients and families through these technological investments.”
“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 American Hospital Association president and chief executive officer Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery and investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”
Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. As one of the Most Wired hospitals, Children’s Colorado is transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics. The hospital also continues to invest in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decision-making and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access and control costs.