Providence named among “Most Wired” health systems

Most WiredThis week, Providence was named one of the “Most Wired” health systems in the country. It’s an honor to be included on this list. But it’s also a great opportunity to pause and say thank you to everyone who has been involved in our efforts to go digital over the past few years.

When you stop to think about it, what we have accomplished together is a monumental feat. We implemented a single electronic health record system across 27 Providence hospitals in the Western United States.

Our clinicians and the 3.2 million patients we serve annually are now better connected because we share a common technology platform, which gives us a unique opportunity to impact quality and safety on a large scale, in communities from Alaska to California.

Better, safer care

Thanks to many people at Providence, we are already seeing results. For example, our Modified Early Warning System makes it possible to catch initial signs of clinical deterioration and avoid preventable deaths. As a result, we have seen mortality drop by 15 percent on units that use this system. We have also been using electronic data to better coordinate and improve care for patients served by our accountable care organizations.

We still have a ways to go on the journey as we continue to optimize Epic, improve our use of data and pursue digital innovation to better serve our patients. In the meantime, let’s take a moment to celebrate how far we’ve come. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this point and for embracing digital technology as a critical way to improve care for our patients.

Learn more

The Most Wired survey is conducted by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. You can find more details online via at Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

3 Comments
  1. Even though I do not use EPIC in my work area I did not think of Providence and being that “wired” and connected before. When you put us in the macro perspective it is a huge improvement! It also shows how large the Providence family really is, and how our caregiving really does have an imapact. The MEWS sounds like a great program on the clinical side, and makes me curious as to how all of these programs fit together. I was telling one of my co-workers yesterday that the innovations in science and health care are what we would have see in sci-fi books. It’s slowly becoming reality. It’s amazing how far we have come, and where we are going towards the future!

    • Thanks for the note, Brandy. Always good to stop and put things in perspective from time to time and celebrate the wins.

  2. GM Dr. Hochman,

    What an honor to be working for the Most Wired company:>)

    Happy Friday

    Henry PAN