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Carle Foundation Hospital, Hoopeston Regional Health Center claim Most Wired designation

Two hospitals in the Carle health system achieved the highest national ranking for using technology to manage health information and patient care.

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recognizes Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center as among the nation’s Most Wired® Certified Level 7.

The two Carle hospitals join a total of 16,168 organizations represented in the 2019 Most Wired program, which this year included three separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory and international. The system includes Most Wired certification at a level that reflects an organization’s overall performance, with 10 as the highest. Level 7-8 organizations deploy technologies and strategies to help analyze data and achieve meaningful clinical and efficiency outcomes.

Patients experience a tremendous level of electronic access in other industries and expect the same level of service and ease from their healthcare providers.

William Schuh, MD, Carle chief medical information officer, said many of these advances balance the need for fast, accurate access to medical information with the need for top-notch security measures.

Carle’s information technology infrastructure, supply management systems, electronic medical record (EMR) and a robust reporting structure all play a significant role in this achievement.

Carle’s EMR interfaces with numerous systems and allows both providers and patients to track progress related to care. On the back end, EMR information also helps make sure Carle meets quality standards and alerts providers to potential issues so they can act earlier with better outcomes for the patient.