Mission Health’s Innovative Use of Technology Earns Health System Recognition as One of Nation’s Most Wired From the American Hospital Association

(Asheville, N.C. July 10, 2017) – Mission Health was recently named one of America’s Most Wired Health Systems by the American Hospital Association, a national organization that serves, educates, and advocates for healthcare networks, hospitals, healthcare leaders, and patients through its work on health policy and regulation. The AHA annually recognizes health systems who are making patient care safer and more efficient through the creative use of technology applications across many service lines and departments. Hospitals and health systems who can show increased engagement levels with their patients through the use of technology tools are also often chosen as awardees.

Mission Health has long embraced advancements in its use of technology to make hospital processes, programs, and services safer, easier, and better organized for patients and staff alike. Electronic health record systems have enhanced the HIIPA-compliant sharing of confidential patient information, and Mission Health communicates with its patients and staff via a myriad of digital platforms. Mission Health has also been at the forefront of a groundbreaking technological advance that has to do with how healthcare is delivered. Virtual care and telemedicine have revolutionized the ways in which patients can interact with physicians and specialists remotely and in real time. These methods give patients a greater breadth of more available care.

Mission Health’s IT infrastructure is enhanced with each passing year as its IT leaders chart the course for its technological future. They do this by identifying the diverse needs of departments across the health system and collaborating with business partners and other organizations to research and trial different strategies for meeting these needs. The use of technology is changing care and the way Mission Health does business in sweeping ways, and technology is, on the most basic level, making information, treatment modalities, programs, and specialists more visible. This increased visibility makes care more accessible to patients, and enhances its value-based qualities.

Mission Health has a track record of expertly interpreting healthcare analytics in order to improve performance, boost cost savings, and increase positive patient outcomes. Clinicians are also gaining population health knowledge from digitally mined and maintained data. Mission Health’s Center for Innovation is using technology tools to pilot projects that focus on everything from reducing risk for patient falls to the accurate inventorying of supplies and machinery that are used by multiple clinicians and staff members.

Health Forum, which is an American Hospital Association company, gathers, studies, and publishes data that hospitals submit for consideration for the award. These results help the AHA devise standards for hospitals and health systems to work toward that pertain to the practical use of technology within many healthcare delivery platforms, including financial management, operations, clinical performance, and care delivery.

“I’m proud that Mission Health has again won recognition as one of the country’s Most Wired Hospitals,” stated Jon Brown, Chief Information Officer with Mission Health. “The award reflects our commitment to using technology to optimize how we deliver care, how we manage and share data, and even how we govern and direct our operations.”

Most Wired awardees will have an opportunity to be honored during a ceremony at The Leadership Summit, AHA’s health care strategy conference, which will take place from July 27-29, 2017 in San Diego, California.

ABOUT MISSION HEALTH

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. For the fifth time in the past six years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company and part of IBM Watson Health in 2017. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.