Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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July 13, 2014

KDMC among most wired health systems

ASHLAND — For the third year in a row, King’s Daughters Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired for Health Information Technology through Hospitals and Health Networks’ 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. King’s Daughters also achieved the designation in 2012 and 2013.

“Our continued recognition as a Most Wired health care system is a direct reflection of our commitment to ensure high-quality care to our patients and families,” said Kristie Whitlatch, King’s Daughters president and CEO. “This achievement represents effort and innovation that goes beyond one department. It is an accomplishment all King’s Daughters team members can be proud of.”

For the past few years, KDMC team members put intense focus on continued IST enhancements that improve patient care. This includes implementing and continually enhancing Epic, an electronic health record system that integrates records wherever the patient receives treatment throughout King’s Daughters Health System.

Epic enables KDMC health care providers to follow each patient across multiple office visits, admissions and procedures. Patients have access to their own secure electronic health information through MyChart, which enables them to take an active role in their health care.

“The Most Wired data shows that shared health information allows clinicians and patients to have the information they need to promote health and make the most informed decisions about treatments,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals, their clinicians and their communities are doing tremendous work to enhance their IT systems in ways that support care and delivery improvement, and patient engagement goals.”

 

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