Indianapolis, IN---Community Health Network made the annual list of Health Imaging & IT magazine’s “Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities.” The award recognizes hospitals, health systems, imaging centers and physician practices that seamlessly integrate imaging and IT systems, provide physicians with immediate access to patient data and demonstrate ROI and high patient and staff satisfaction. The publication is a leading news, business and technology magazine for medical imaging, healthcare executives and health IT professionals. Community is the only Indiana healthcare system to make the list this year.
“This competition was intense,” said Mary C. Tierney, editorial director for Health Imaging & IT magazine. “We see the merging of innovative imaging and IT technologies clearly helping to improve patient care and increase productivity across departments, facilities and even entire healthcare enterprises. This careful integration of technologies also is helping to cut costs and fuel growth. The ‘Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities’ are excellent examples of smart technology investment, interoperability among devices and IT systems and notable sharing of resources.”
The magazine accepted online nominations for the award over the summer from health systems across the country. Winners were noted for their ability to link patient images with an electronic medical record (EMR) and for providing employed and referring physicians with remote access to clinical images and data. Also, most Top Connected winners share images with an internal or external health information exchange (HIE). Community reported that 86-90% of referring physicians regularly utilize remote access to patient data, while the same percentage of referring physicians regularly utilize remote access to clinical images. In addition, the average radiology report turn-around time is just over one hour. This far exceeds the 24 hour goal many radiology centers attempt to achieve.
“Community Health Network has made a significant investment in our imaging technology that allows us to respond faster to our patients,” said Rick Copple, vice president and chief technology officer for the network. “The communication between clinical teams has dramatically been improved, allowing us to reduce the time from diagnosis to treatment.”
“Because of our high-speed integrated system, radiology reports go out quicker and we can avoid duplication of tests, since we have access to prior test results for patients,” said Dr. Stephan Stockberger, radiologist and chair of Irvington Radiology, part of Community Health Network. “Our technology allows physicians to securely store and display images in a user-friendly method, inside and outside the network, or from a remote location. We can also get second opinions from specialized radiologists, who can view the same images we see. That can be important for a correct diagnosis.”
In 2008, Community Health Network was one of the first community-based health systems in the nation to implement a virtual single patient record (vSPR), which allows nurses, doctors and clinicians to examine patient medical records, including imaging tests, from multiple computer systems and care sites in a single electronic view. The vSPR project provides Community caregivers integrated access to more than ten years of data for patients who have received inpatient or outpatient care at a network facility.
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About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated health care networks, Community Health Network has more than 90 sites of care and nearly 500 integrated physicians throughout central Indiana. This includes Community Hospitals East, North and South in Indianapolis and Community Hospital Anderson; The Indiana Heart Hospital, part of Community Heart and Vascular; Indiana Surgery Centers; Community Physicians of Indiana; Community Home Health Services; MedCheck walk-in care centers and MedCheck Express convenience clinics; employer health services; nursing homes; and other health care facilities. Community Health Network is committed to getting you well and back to your life. For more information about Community Health Network or to find a physician, call 800-777-7775 or visit eCommunity.com.