Carolinas HealthCare System Named Most Wired Advanced

07.06.2016 News | Atrium Health News
CHARLOTTE, NC – In addition to being recognized for 13 straight years as one of America’s Most Wired healthcare systems by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum, Carolinas HealthCare System was also highlighted as one of only 19 healthcare systems nationwide to achieve the prestigious Most Wired Advanced designation.   

The Advanced ranking reflects the highest level of technology integration that will be published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The industry-standard benchmark study reveals how organizations are leveraging technology to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure; business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.

Health systems named to this year’s Most Wired ranking demonstrated the ability to engage patients outside the four walls of hospitals and medical practices, using technologies like mobile devices and apps for patient participation and virtual health encounters, Internet-based monitoring devices to remotely manage chronic health conditions, and social media to provide support to patients with similar health conditions.

Among the technologies engaged by Carolinas HealthCare System in the past year were:

  • MyCarolinas Tracker, an app that allows patients to aggregate personal health data from select exercise trackers, blood pressure cuffs, glucometers, scales and heart rate monitors to provide insight into their health. Information is also accessible to health care professionals who can monitor chronic conditions in real-time.
  • Virtual Health, including provider visits via laptop or mobile device for minor ailments, remote access to health care specialists for consultation and remote 24-hour monitoring by specialists of critical care patients in intensive care units.
  • OpenNotes, a trending way for patients to view doctors’ notes in their medical record to increase transparency and engagement in actively managing their health.  
  • “It is an honor for Carolinas HealthCare System to be one of only a select few that has earned the Most Wired Advanced recognition,” said Craig Richardville, senior vice president and chief information officer.  “The continued focus on our patients in the transformation of our industry is a prominent strategy to lead with digital health. To be recognized as a national leader in this expertise is very gratifying.”

Carolinas HealthCare System is the only healthcare system in either Carolinas to be included in the Most Wired Advanced ranking. AmMed Health, a Carolinas HealthCare hospital system in Anderson, SC, achieved the Most Wired designation for the seventh consecutive year.