UnityPoint Health Recognized as Most Wired

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Des Moines — UnityPoint Health was recognized for the third year in a row as one of the nation's "Most Wired Health Systems" by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. UnityPoint Health received the honor for its adoption of technology designed to improve and coordinate patient care.

As health care delivery moves to a value-based system, UnityPoint Health remains focused on implementing technologies that allow for better use of data analytics, care coordination and population health management.

““At UnityPoint Health, we strive to deliver value to our patients. The Affordable Care Act results in participation in shared-savings programs, so we’ve worked to learn and manage new technologies and data,” said Bill Leaver, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health. “Using data to then drive financial sustainability and better quality outcomes has allowed us to improve clinical and business workflow and overall create a better, more coordinated patient experience.”

The Most Wired survey measures the adoption, implementation and use of information technology in U.S. hospitals and health systems across four focus areas: Infrastructure, Business and Administrative Management, Clinical Quality and Safety, and Clinical Integration. The survey also covers the evolution of new models and payment from the IT perspective.

Among some of the key findings this year:

• Sixty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers, which reduces the likelihood of medical errors.

• Thirty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals aggregate data from patient encounters to create a community health record.

• Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals manage care transitions compared with fifty-seven percent of all responding organizations.

• Forty-three percent of Most Wired organizations integrate clinical and claims data so that they are accessible, searchable and reportable across the care community.

• Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals use tools for retrospective analysis of clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving the quality of care and reducing the cost of care delivered.

• Thirty-five percent of Most Wired Hospitals use social media to deliver care management messages and forty percent provide mobile application for secure messaging with patients.

“We are using technology to proactively manage the health of our patient populations, such as a patient portal deployed across the organization, different population health tools and applications, and electronic medical records – all to coordinate care so that our patients can be engaged as active participants in their wellness journey between multiple care settings,” said Joy Grosser, UnityPoint Health Chief Information Officer.