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Most Wired Hospitals use technology for a better patient experience

Trinitas is proud to be the recipient of the 2016 Most Wired Award as it continues to expand on services and technology that will enhance the patient care experience. This award represents the results of the 18th Annual Health Care's Most WiredŽ survey, released yesterday by the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Forum. The survey confirms that technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions, and Trinitas is one of the leading institutions at the forefront of these innovative implementations.

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists.

"Our technology has enabled us to provide important resources and information to those working with patients outside of the acute care setting," stated Judy Comitto, Vice-President/CIO of Trinitas Regional Medical Center. "In addition quality has never been more important and through the use of our advanced technology not only do we assist the caregiver at bedside but also provide the analytics to monitor and report on quality initiatives."

In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual's lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team. For instance, 68% accept patient-generated data through their patient portal, 26% of Most Wired organizations offer E-visits through a mobile application and 61% use social media to provide support groups.

"Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it," said Rick Pollack, President and CEO of the AHA. "These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely."

The versatility of mobile technologies makes it possible for clinicians and care team members to have the right tools for sound clinical decision-making wherever they are. To this end, 81% of Most Wired hospitals use mobile applications to notify clinicians of sudden changes in patient conditions and correlated events such as falls or respiratory distress or failure.

As they build out new capabilities, hospitals are also taking strong actions to ensure health data is secure. More than 90% use intrusion detection systems, privacy audit systems and security incident event management to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities and produce real-time analysis of security alerts. In addition, 84% conduct a third-party security audit annually to ensure that guidelines are followed.

HealthCare's Most WiredŽ survey, conducted between January 15-March 15, 2016, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2016 Most WiredŽ survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 680 participants, representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals, more than 34% of all hospitals in the U.S., examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure; business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

About the American Hospital Association

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit

About Health Forum

Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, visit


Posted: July 7, 2016

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