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Valley Health Named One of Nation's Most Wired Health Systems

Winchester, Va. -- Valley Health System has been named to the 2015 list of the country’s Most Wired™ hospitals and health systems, recognizing how the not-for-profit system has integrated information technology (IT) to improve quality care and patient safety and lower healthcare costs.

The 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired survey and benchmarking study was released earlier this month by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). It is a leading industry barometer measuring IT adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve all aspects of patient care.

Valley Health’s six hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician practices, medical transport service and home care services use secure electronic data to exchange information across care settings in a variety of ways, including:

  • Encouraging patient involvement through My Chart;
  • Sharing test results between providers and facilities through the health system’s electronic health record, EpicCare;
  • Ensuring medication reconciliation and safety;
  • Monitoring adherence with regulatory standards and evidence-based care benchmarks;
  • Identifying patients at medium-to-high risk of readmission to ensure their discharge plans and education set them up for successful healing and disease management after they leave the hospital.

To achieve Most Wired designation in 2015, organizations were required to meet specific criteria in four key areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. Valley Health is one of 338 organizations nationwide which met these core criteria.

“Being recognized as a Most Wired health system is a proud reflection of the true team effort involved in integrating technology across our continuum of care,” says Jim Burton, interim chief information officer and vice president of Information Systems at Valley Health. “It represents the collective efforts of everyone, from those who install, program, analyze and maintain our wide assortment of IT tools to all who collect, input, interpret, diagnose and otherwise use the resulting data and information throughout Valley Health.”

The 2015 Most Wired survey showed that health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for hospitals nationwide. Valley Health uses information technology to ensure that its care providers have the information they need, when they need it, while aggressively implementing privacy and security measures to protect that information.

Valley Health System, based in Winchester, VA, is a not-for-profit health system serving a population of more than 450,000 in northwest Virginia, West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, and southwest Maryland. Valley Health includes six hospitals: Winchester Medical Center, a 445-bed regional referral center; Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, VA; Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock, VA; Page Memorial Hospital in Luray, VA; Hampshire Memorial Hospital in Romney, WV; and War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, WV. Additional services include physician practices, regional medical transport, Urgent Care centers, retail pharmacy, and home oxygen, medical equipment and supply stores. Visit www.valleyhealthlink.com.