The survey is an industry-standard benchmark study that measures
the level of information technology used in U.S. hospitals and
health systems. ALMH is an affiliate of Memorial Health System.
This is the second consecutive year that Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital earned this distinction. A total of 31 Illinois hospitals,
including Memorial Medical Center of Springfield, another Memorial
Health System affiliate, were among the more than 420 Most Wired
“ALMH is committed to ensuring that our patients receive
high-quality care,” said Dolan Dalpoas, president and CEO of Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital. “Developing and maintaining a secure
electronic health record reflects our mission to improve the health
of the people and communities we serve.”
Two-thirds of Most Wired hospitals (67 percent) share critical
patient information electronically with specialists and other care
providers. Most Wired hospitals, which meet a set of rigorous
criteria across four operational categories, have made tremendous
gains by using information technology to reduce the likelihood of
medical errors. Among Most Wired hospitals, 81 percent of
medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via barcode
technology at the bedside. Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital began
bedside bar-coding in 2002.
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Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15
and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to
answer questions regarding their information technology
initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing
1,901 hospitals, or roughly 33 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital joins an elite list of the
national leaders in the area of technological innovation,
including Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dalpoas said.
[Text received; ANGELA STOLTZENBURG,
ABRAHAM LINCOLN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL]