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Backus Earns National Technology Award For Fourth Straight Year

July 24, 2014

NORWICH—For the fourth straight year Backus has been recognized as one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the nation with a “Most Wired” award by Hospitals and Health Networks, a health care publication of the American Hospital Association (AHA).  This award is given to only the most technologically advanced hospitals in the U.S. The survey measures the level of IT adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems, and is useful tool for hospital and health system leadership to map their IT strategic plans. The focus areas for the award were:

  • Infrastructure
  • Business and Administrative Management
  • Clinical Quality and Safety (Hospital Inpatient/Outpatient)
  • Clinical Integration (Ambulatory/Physician/Community)

“Being recognized as “Most Wired” for four years in a row is really a testament to our entire team and their work to ensure that Backus is on the cutting edge of technology,” says David Whitehead, President of Hartford HealthCare’s East Region, which includes Backus. “Their efforts, from MIS to medical staff and everyone else who plays a role, has truly positioned Backus as an industry leader in using technology platforms to improve patient care.”

Backus MIS Manager Angie Mathieu credits the award, in part, to her team’s work to improve access and usage of electronic medical records (EMR).  In 2014 some of that work included the roll-out of a new patient portal, the implementation of a new and improved electronic discharge function which included the electronic printing of prescriptions, and a new system used to electronically transmit patient information securely to facilities that a patient may be transferred to after leaving the hospital, such as a skilled nursing facility.  Mathieu says these initiatives specifically support the hospital’s goal of earning a Stage 2 Meaningful Use designation. Meaningful Use is a federal designation that certifies that a hospital is using electronic medical records technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency, coordination of care and ensure privacy and security of patient health information.

“We have a great team that has worked very closely with the hospital’s leadership, physicians, nurses and other support staff to enhance our EMR technology,” said Mathieu. “They really do a great job working with clinicians who practice inside the hospital and also those providers seeing patients in the community to solicit feedback on how to continuously improve the systems we use.”

Backus is the only hospital in New London and Windham counties to receive the designation.