Mercy Health named among nation's best for using technology to improve patient care

Cincinnati, OH (July 9, 2014) -- Mercy Health has been recognized among the nation’s leaders in using technology to improve patient care. Ohio’s largest health system was named to the 16th annual Hospitals & Health Networks Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems. In addition, one of Mercy Health's hospitals – Lourdes in Paducah, Ky. – was among the 25 most-improved in the country.

Recognition was based upon a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. Areas such as allowing patients to check test results via a portal, offering an app that provides access to the portal, and providing secure messaging were considered. 

“We are honored to be recognized among the nation’s leaders in implementing technologies that improve the health of our communities," said Rebecca Sykes, senior vice president, resource management, and and chief information officer at Mercy Health. "We have an amazing team working collaboratively to provide the best-possible offerings for making lives better and healthcare easier for the people of Ohio and Kentucky. We sincerely appreciate recognition for this important work.”

Mercy Health is implementing CarePATH, a comprehensive electronic health record system. This powerful technology enables Mercy Health to maintain a single, continuously updated record for each patient that can be accessed by provider teams anytime, anywhere.  The result is enhanced safety, quality, and efficiency.  
CarePATH includes MyChart, a secure online connection that enables patients to manage their health at any time via PC or a mobile app. Through MyChart, people can request appointments, check lab results, refill a prescription, ask their doctor a question, view their child’s or dependent’s medical records, and provide information access to referring doctors. 
The 2014 Most Wired Survey was conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association.