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Perham Health named 2016 Most Wired

Technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions, according to results of the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.

Perham Health, a 25-bed critical access hospital, has been named a 2016 Most Wired hospital, marking the third consecutive year the local healthcare facility has received such distinction. Five other Minnesota hospitals, including Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester, and HealthPartners, Bloomington, made the list. To be named a Most Wired hospital, Perham Health had to meet specific requirements in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration.

“It is an honor to receive this award for the third year in a row,” said Chuck Hofius, Perham Health CEO. “The award is testament to our talented and hardworking staff that we are one of the most technologically advanced rural hospitals in America.”

In redefining the way Perham Health provides care in their communities, new technology initiatives include sign language interpretation with the use of iPads, telehealth services for stroke, burns, and neonatology providing immediate interactive video consults with specialty teams, and using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.

“Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely. And, removing policy and other barriers to telehealth will allow even faster adoption of these amazing technologies.”

The versatility of mobile technologies makes it possible for clinicians and care team members to have the right tools for sound clinical decision-making wherever they are: 81 percent of Most Wired hospitals use mobile applications to notify clinicians of sudden changes in patient conditions and correlated events such as falls or respiratory distress or failure.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2016, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2016 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 680 participants, representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals—more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.—examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration. 

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 Perham Health

Perham Health is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital with three primary care clinics, a 96-bed nursing home, home care agency, adult day services, and senior housing.  The medical staff consists of 25 physicians, 11 advance practice providers, and three chiropractors. Visit perhamhealth.org to learn more.

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.

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