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Adventist Health Among 'Most Wired' Organizations

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Adventist Health, Simi Valley Hospital’s parent organization, has been named one of the nation’s most wired health systems.

The system received the designation as a result of a survey conducted earlier this year by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. More than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals participated in the survey.

“Most-wired” organizations use information technology to better connect care providers and patients. They must meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration (which refers to the process of connecting inpatient and outpatient services, physicians and patients).

“Enhancing information technology has long been one of Adventist Health’s key strategic priorities,” said Alan Soderblom, vice president and chief information officer at Adventist Health. “In addition to reducing medical errors, it improves patient care and engagement, plus it increases operational efficiencies.”

Adventist Health’s recent information technology advancements include achieving stage one of Meaningful Use for electronic health records; standardizing medical staff IT solutions system-wide; implementing telemedicine at several rural sites; and moving revenue cycle data to a single, standardized technology platform.