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Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Named 2017 Most Wired

Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Named 2017 Most Wired

July 19, 2017

Pictured is the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Information Systems Team – Tim Gillespie (Director), Jodi Ridgely, Shaun Laughlin, Ryan Fehrenbacher, Kristina Stroud, and J.C. Cox.

Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney has achieved Most Wired® designation for its efforts to utilize technology to deliver patient care of the highest quality.

The Most Wired® Survey is conducted in cooperation with the American Hospital Association and Clearwater Compliance, LLC.  Results are published in Hospitals and Health Networks (HHN) magazine annually.  The survey is a leading industry barometer measuring the use and adoption of information technology to improve care for patients.  Carle Richland Memorial Hospital is one of only 366 hospitals nation-wide to achieve Most Wired® designation.  Just 29 hospitals in the state of Illinois were recognized.  Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana and Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center were also among the Most Wired® facilities.  Richland Memorial integrated with Carle last April to expand access to care for patients in the Southeastern Illinois region.

“This is a reflection of not only the skill and experience of the Information Systems team, but our work hospital-wide to provide state-of-the-art care for patients through the use of information technology,” said Tim Gillespie, Director of Information Systems at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital.  “Without teamwork from all departments, we could not have achieved this designation.  It is truly a facility-wide accomplishment.”

Information technology continuously enhances the types and level of services the hospital is able to deliver.  These enhancements impact all aspects of care, including security, privacy, accuracy, and safety, for both providers and patients.  New communication tools, such as the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Patient Portal, are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health. 

Carle Richland Memorial Hospital is devoted to exploring different ways to use information technology to provide the best possible outcomes for patients.

“We are currently in the process of upgrading our wireless infrastructure, which will give us even more opportunities in the very near future to further impact how we deliver care through technology,” said Gillespie.  One such project includes replacement of all patient monitors within the facility with a new system that will allow caregivers to more efficiently monitor patients from start to finish throughout all transitions of care within the hospital.

“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 American Hospital Association 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.”

Detailed results of the Most Wired® survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com