RiverView Health has once again been recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired hospitals and health care systems, according to the results of the 2017 Most Wired survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.

    RiverView Health has once again been recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired hospitals and health care systems, according to the results of the 2017 Most Wired survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.

    Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to the results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, releasted recently by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.

    “This is, again, a great accomplishment for RiverView Health and it is truly the hard work of the entire organization that made it possible,’’ said Chris Bruggeman, vice president of Operations at RiverView. “Our team has embraced technology as a tool to help provide safe and efficient care.  We continue to learn about better ways to utilize the tools and are constantly making improvements for the benefit of both the users of the technology and patients that it impacts.”

    According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. This year’s results show:

    • 76 percent offer secure messaging with clinicians on mobile devices.
    • When patients need ongoing monitoring at home, 74 percent use secure e-mails for patients and families to keep in touch with the care team.
    • 68 percent simplify prescrition renewals by letting patients make requests on mobile devices.
    • 62 percent add data reported by patients to the elctronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.
    • Nearly half of the hospitals are using teleheath to provide behavioral health services to more patients.
    • 40 percent offer virtual physician visits.
    • More than 40 percent provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.

    Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. Hospitals have increased their use of sophisitcated information technology monitoring systems to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities or policy violations and provide real-time analysis of securtiy alerts.

    The 2017 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey examines how organizatons are leveraging information technology to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructire, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.