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VCU Health named to 2016 Most Wired list

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RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Health has been named among the Most Wired health care organizations in the country for 2016, according to a survey released Wednesday by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.

The 18th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey says technology at VCU Health is “improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions.”

The survey was conducted between January 15 and March 15, and is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN).

According to the survey, Most Wired organizations are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.

“This past year VCU Health continued its focus on patient portal expansion and real-time visibility of clinic notes, which is called OpenNotes,” VCU Health said in a press release.

VCU Health said they are continuing to expand upon their robust patient portal.

“Within the last year we opened up our clinic notes to allow patients to read the notes their physician writes instantaneously,” said Colin Banas, M.D., chief medical information officer, VCU Health System. “This is a powerful step forward in patient engagement, transparency and improving patient outcomes. The response from our patient community is overwhelmingly positive, and we’re just getting started.”

VCU Health says there are utilizing population health management tools and partnering with other health care providers to share critical clinical information used in analyzing interventions aimed at key patient groups, such as those with diabetes.

The 2016 Most Wired survey is considered a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.