Teaming Up in Advancing Technology
Bayhealth’s Information Technology team consistently leads innovative approaches in technology throughout the healthcare system. Their dedication to exemplary service is proven by the many accolades bestowed upon them and the organization in recent months. They are proud to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams throughout Bayhealth to enhance the patient and provider experience.
Bayhealth has earned the 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level 7 for the inpatient hospital settings and certified level 8 for ambulatory settings through the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.
“Healthcare organizations across the globe are continually striving to raise the standard of care, pushing themselves and their peers to do better,” said CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell. “We designed Most Wired to identify and share those leading practices so everyone can benefit. It is an honor to be among those that perform at the highest levels, knowing that the excellence they achieve will impact patients for years to come.”
A total of 16,168 organizations were represented in the 2019 Most Wired program, which this year included three separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory and international. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry-leading.
Bayhealth was recently awarded the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Stage 7 validation for Inpatient and Ambulatory services, the highest recognition available for the use of technology to improve patient care and outcomes. Bayhealth is the first adult healthcare system in the state of Delaware to achieve Stage 7 recognition.
The HIMSS model ranks from Stage 0 to Stage 7. Higher rankings indicate a higher rate of adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs). To date, only 7 percent of hospitals and 10 percent of ambulatory practices in the United States have achieved Stage 7 recognition. Evidence indicates this type of recognition is directly correlated with better clinical outcomes.
“The use of our electronic health record by physicians and staff members at Bayhealth is driving improvements in safety and patient care for those we serve,” said Chief Information Officer Rick Mohnk, MSA, MT(ASCP). “The physician and nurse surveyors noted how engaged and excited our team is about the usage of our electronic health record. This is something we are truly proud of.”
Bayhealth now supports Health Records on iPhone, which brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Apple Health app to make it easy for patients to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose.
Previously, patient health records were held in multiple locations, requiring patients to log into each care provider’s website and piece together the information manually. Apple worked with the healthcare community to take a consumer-friendly approach and created Health Records based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for transferring electronic health records.
Now, patients will have medical information from participating institutions organized into one view, covering allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals, and will receive notifications when their data is updated. Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.
Visit apple.com/healthcare/health-records for more information on Health Records.
A key benefit of Bayhealth’s electronic health record, Epic, is the patient portal MyChart. The MyChart portal makes it convenient for patients to take a more active role in the management of their healthcare through easy access to their records.
Visit Bayhealth.org/My-Chart to learn more about our patient portal that gives direct and secure access for all Bayhealth patients to the electronic health record (EHR).