Whittier, CA, July 12, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- PIH Health was named a 2013 Most Wired award recipient by Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN), a monthly publication from the American Hospital Association (AHA) on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
H&HN annually surveys the nation’s healthcare systems on their use of high-tech communications, and its Most Wired status is awarded to innovators in the Information Technology (IT) field. Criteria must be met in all four focus areas in order to be considered: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration.
Over the past several years, PIH Health has invested in the integration of electronic patient records while simultaneously ensuring compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). PIH Health has moved forward to address this issue by utilizing an Enterprise Patient Index (EPI) that seamlessly links patients across its hospital, ambulatory offices and home/hospice care. Future projects include deploying a health information exchange to connect our community physicians, and implementing a patient portal to further engage our patients.
“Since 2003, we have aligned our strategic plan to the changing dynamics of healthcare technology,” said Peggy Chulack, chief administrative officer. “Under this direction, PIH Health’s Information Solutions Department (contracted out to Allscripts) has taken patient care and patient privacy to a new level of efficient, coordinated care.”
Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, 2013, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all United States hospitals.
“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn ways that IT can help to improve efficiency from these outstanding organizations.”
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com. The formal award presentations will be made at the Health Forum and American Hospital Association Leadership Summit in San Diego on Friday, July 26, 2013.
About PIH Health
PIH Health is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) regional healthcare delivery network that was founded in 1959. Over 50 years later, PIH Health continues to maintain a sense of community and family-like culture where patients are the top priority, and employees, physicians, and volunteers are proud to be affiliated with such an organization. PIH Health serves residents of Los Angeles and Orange Counties as well as the San Gabriel Valley area offering a wide range of services including over 150 primary care physicians to provide general medicine and preventative care; access to emergency and urgent care, home health services and hospice; and a network of over 180 specialists in accessible and welcoming neighborhood locations.
PIH Health is committed to remaining at the forefront of healthcare advances including technology, medical equipment and top-notch facilities and amenities to benefit patients and staff alike. Its highly trained and compassionate physicians, nurses, clinicians, staff and volunteers work tirelessly and collaboratively every day to be the communities’ health and wellness partner. For more information, visit PIHHealth.org.