BROOKLYN, NY (July 12, 2013) – Maimonides Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals and was appointed to the 2013 list by Hospitals & Health Network, a journal of the American Hospital Association (AHA). The award is given to hospitals across the nation for effectively demonstrating the ability to utilize IT in innovative ways in vital areas including: clinical quality and safety, customer service, and clinical integration across ambulatory services, physicians, patients, and the community.
“We made a decision fifteen years ago to invest in information technology for its potential to improve patient safety,” noted Pamela S. Brier, President and CEO at Maimonides Medical Center. “It’s gratifying to know that our patients have benefitted from that investment in countless ways.”
Patient care is vital to Maimonides and being at the forefront of IT is a necessary aspect of efficiently serving our patients. Maimonides has recently been working on advancing and expanding the capabilities of the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIX) and has met the requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 1.
Meaningful Use is a program of the federal government that provides financial incentives to eligible hospitals and healthcare providers who “meaningfully use” IT to improve patient care. Maimonides met the requirements for Stage 1 by focusing on data collection and sharing.
“Our physicians and nurses are part of a team that designs and customizes our systems,” said Walter Fahey, Chief Information Officer at Maimonides. “This keeps patient care the primary focus of our advanced technology.”
BHIX functions as a secure sharing system that enhances efficiency and reduces medical errors, thereby improving patient safety and clinical outcomes. Patients who opt-in to the system can ensure that important information about previous or ongoing care is transmitted to the right place at the right time.
Brooklyn’s nearly 2.6 million residents stand to benefit from the expansion of BHIX as well as the many other IT advances achieved by Maimonides.