Albany Medical Center was one of only 22 hospitals in New York State recently named one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the nation by a national publication focused on health care technology.
The designation by Hospitals & Health Networks was awarded based on a survey of hospitals’ use of technology in clinical quality, patient safety, administrative management and other areas. Albany Med is one of only 375 hospitals in the nation to receive this recognition.
Why Albany Med?
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer George Hickman said many years of focus on using advanced technology has led Albany Med to stand out.
Ahead of the Curve. The survey noted that Most Wired hospitals have made tremendous gains to reduce the likelihood of medical errors with technology like bar code readers at the bedside. These match the patient, caregiver and prescription, assuring the correct drug, dose and administration route. “Albany Med has had this type of technology in place for years,” Hickman said. “Our clinicians have worked with us to build the best in evidence-based ordering content, so even the most sensitive dosing is assured.”
As the nation’s health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing Information Technology to better connect to care providers outside the hospital system. Albany Med provides secure access to electronic health records to credentialed physicians across the region and supports the activity of the Health Information Exchange of New York. “We have also been a national leader in developing standards for secure Internet-based routing of health records with the New York eHealth Collaborative and MedAllies,” Hickman said.
Where We Go Next.
The roads are many. Among them, Hickman said, “We will continue efforts to make our electronic health records paperless, provide data and technology capabilities that enhance care and delivery support processes, continually integrate our many mission supporting functions across the medical center and grow our health care analytics competencies as we journey forward.”