Most Wired

Backus earns national technology award for third straight year

Wired441aNORWICH – For the third straight year, The William W. Backus Hospital has been recognized with a Most Wired award by Hospitals & 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.

Backus is the only hospital in New London and Windham counties to receive the designation, and only one of eight in the state.

Other Connecticut hospitals to receive the award include Danbury Hospital, Hartford Hospital, Middlesex Hospital, MidState Medical Center, Saint Francis Care, Waterbury Hospital, and Yale New Haven Health System.

The “Most Wired” designation recognizes hospitals that have clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care.  This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.

“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,” said Rich Umbdenstock, President and Chief Executive Officer of the AHA.  “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that information technology can help to improve efficiency.”

The four focus areas for this year’s award include:

  • Infrastructure
  • Business and administrative management
  • Clinical quality and safety
  • Clinical integration

“Being recognized as a ‘Most Wired’ hospital for three consecutive years speaks to our ability to sustain efforts in shaping a successful health care system for tomorrow,” said Dave Whitehead, Backus President and Chief Executive Officer.  “On behalf of the board and Backus community, I would like to extend gratitude to the information technology teams who continue to work so hard to make our organization a leader in using technology to enhance patient care, and the many departments, staff and physicians who continue to embrace technology and play key roles in its ongoing implementation

Pamela Muccilli, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, said Backus sets itself apart by planning and deploying technology consistently throughout its health system that focuses on bettering the clinical care of patients– from the main hospital campus to Backus Home Health Care, outpatient care centers, and extending to private practice physician offices.

Backus also invests in technology every year to integrate the continuum of care in eastern Connecticut.  This year’s investments focused on significant infrastructure upgrades, software tools for business intelligence, sophisticated analytical dashboards for clinical staff to monitor patient conditions, the use of social media to promote the hospital, and a pilot project for telemedicine.