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Technology enhances patient safety, clinical excellence and the patient experience at Inspira
MULLICA HILL, NJ (July 14, 2017) — Inspira Health Network has once again been named Most Wired® as measured by the American Hospital Association’s Annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey. The survey highlights hospitals that integrate new technology that benefits their patients. This marks the third time Inspira has been named Most Wired® since 2014.
“Our trustees and leadership team support the purchase of new technology when they are confident it will enhance patient safety, support clinical excellence or lead to a better patient experience,” said John DiAngelo, president and CEO of Inspira Health Network. “Often times, new technology can have a positive impact in all three of these key areas.”
Inspira also adopts technologies that help keep patients’ protected health information secure. As recent news reports have highlighted, preventing cyberattacks has become a top priority for health care providers. Inspira also regularly updates employees with information about best practices for keeping the organization’s computer network safe and secure.
“We constantly explore new technologies that have potential to allow us to provide care in the safest, most effective and efficient manner,” explained Tom Pacek, chief information officer for Inspira Health Network. “We also want to make the health care experience, from initial contact to follow up care, as easy and seamless as possible.”
By introducing smartphone apps, Inspira has made it easier for patients to locate the nearest Urgent Care or ER location, complete with expected wait times and directions. Secure messaging between physicians and staff has led to more timely communications and much quieter hospitals. Across its network, Inspira is implementing a new health care information system that will create a single medical record for each patient, allowing physicians and clinical staff at all of the network’s 125-plus service locations to instantly access the most up-to-date and complete information about their patients.
“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 AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”
The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer, measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. hospitals take part in the survey.
Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.
About the American Hospital Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.
About Inspira Health Network
Inspira Health Network is a charitable nonprofit health care organization serving communities across southern New Jersey. The network, which traces its roots to 1899, comprises three hospitals, a comprehensive cancer center, several multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 125 access points. These include urgent care; outpatient imaging and rehabilitation; numerous specialty centers, including sleep medicine, cardiac testing, digestive health and wound care; home care and hospice; and more than 30 primary and specialty physician practices in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem and Camden counties.
Together with its medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians and other care providers, as well as more than 5,700 employees, Inspira Health Network provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome. Accredited by DNV Healthcare, the network’s clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment. For more information about Inspira Health Network, visit www.InspiraHealthNetwork.org or call 1-800-INSPIRA.