Mercy Health is a 2015 Most Wired Health System

(Lima, July 13, 2015) – Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky – announces that American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has named it a 2015 Most Wired health system.
Patient engagement and health data security are top priorities for the nation’s hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired™ survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
The 2015 Most Wired™ survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.
“At Mercy Health, technology helps us drive better care for our patients and also allows our patients to talk with us directly and take steps to manage their own care,” said Rebecca Sykes, Mercy Health Chief Information Officer. “Our rollout of a bedside tablet featuring the patient portal in our inpatient facilities allows patients access to their own hospital data, such as biographies of their care team, medication interaction information and test results. This latest option for accessing electronic data has improved patient education and satisfaction.”
St. Rita’s Health Partners was the pilot site for the bedside tablet, MyChart Bedside, in the fall of 2013. Following the successful pilot and the app’s popularity with both patients and staff, Mercy Health has launched the app in other hospitals. St. Rita’s Health Partners is now using the MyChart app to offer E-Visits for patients – allowing them to conduct electronic doctors’ appointments for conditions including back pain, a cold or cough, diarrhea, heartburn, sinus problems or urinary problems.



“Investing in technologies including clinical dashboards, electronic medical records and patient portals was the right thing to do for our patients and that investment is paying off in timely and appropriate care that changes our patients’ lives for the better,” added Sykes.
HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2015, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Network. Respondents completed 741 surveys, representing more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals. Last October, the AHA/Health Forum and CHIME announced the formation of a Most Wired partnership to enhance collaboration between the two organizations in the development and sustainability of the survey, and to collectively help meet the growing demand for useful data on health IT 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: www.hhnmag.com.

For more information, please contact: Katee Johnson
Communications Coordinator
St. Rita’s Health Partners
O: 419-226-9802
C: 567-242-4078
KNJohnson@Mercy.com