July 15, 2014
Des Moines hospital leverages technology to provide affordable, high-quality care
Des Moines, Iowa – (July 14, 2014) – For the fourth consecutive year, Broadlawns Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired - Small and Rural” hospitals by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Conducted annually, the Most Wired survey is an industry-standard benchmark study that measures the level of IT adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems.
“We are in one of the ‘Most Wired’ categories for a fourth consecutive year,” says Jody Jenner, president and CEO of Broadlawns Medical Center. “With so many changes occurring over the past few years we have been able to consistently leverage technology to ensure our patients have the necessary information they need about their healthcare.”
Broadlawns was one of 25 hospitals nationally to be recognized in the Most Wired – Small and Rural category and one of 10 hospitals that garnered recognition in Iowa.
This past year, Broadlawns implemented the Patient Portal. This online tool gives patients the flexibility to access health information and other resources needed to help coordinate all of their health care services. Patients can communicate securely with their providers, view and request appointments, review visit and medical history, as well as several other interactive options. At Broadlawns we are working to ensure that our patients have up-to-date information about their healthcare. This technology helps provide another tool our patients can leverage in helping achieve quality healthcare outcomes Broadlawns’ new clinic demonstrates the medical center’s commitment to providing high-quality, low-cost health care for those with private insurance or other coverage.
About Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine
Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine is published by the American Hospital Association. The Most Wired program annually surveys the status of hospitals and names its “Most Wired” award winners that lead their peers in four areas: Business and Administrative Management, Clinical Quality and Safety, Clinical Integration, and Infrastructure. More than 1,900 U.S. hospitals submitted data for the 2014 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study. There were 375 organizations designated 'Most Wired' and 25 organizations designated "Most Wired - Small and Rural." A hospital is considered small and rural based on bed-size (100 beds or less) or location outside a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), as designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Organizations whose responses reflect development in the four survey focus areas not already recognized on the primary Most Wired list are Most Wired—Small and Rural.