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Crawford Memorial Hospital Named 'Most Wired'


For the third year in a row, Crawford Memorial Hospital has been ranked among the most technologically advanced hospitals in the nation. Hospitals and Health Networks magazine named CMH a “most wired” hospital, a distinction awarded to fewer than 10% of the hospitals in the entire country.

“We strongly believe technology can help us better engage patients in their care and improve their health,” said Don Annis, Chief Executive Officer of CMH. “The bar is raised each year, and we are honored to once again be recognized for our continued commitment to improving patient care through the use of advanced medical technology. 

 Hospitals who earn the “most wired” designation use technology in a variety of ways to improve care, protect patient data, optimize patient flow and improve staff communications. Winners are chosen based on a comprehensive assessment that examines a hospital’s overall technology infrastructure, uses of electronic processes to improve patient care, and innovations in data use.

“CMH is a forward-thinking organization that makes solid investments in those areas that helps us provide excellent care and service to our patients as efficiently as possible,” Annis added. Those investments include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Telehealth: In 2014, an infectious disease specialist began seeing patients via telemedicine where the physician at Carle could participate in an exam and provide input to the primary care provider at Crawford.
  • Check in kiosks: Rural Health Clinics patients how have the option to use kiosks in their provider waiting room to streamline the check in process for appointments.
  • Patient Portal: Both hospital and Rural Health Clinic patients can access some of their health information online via the patient portal, including viewing lab results and scheduling prescription refills.
  • Enhanced Security Measures: Protecting our patients’ privacy extends beyond discretion during a physical examination. Making sure health information is protected is a priority. In addition to a myriad of internal firewalls and encryptions, health information access is limited. Authorized users are only permitted access to the information via a sophisticated technology that scans the users finger for unique identifiers to make sure the information is only seen by approved users.

“Congratulations to our nation’s Most Wired hospitals for harnessing the potential of information technology to improve quality care and patient safety and lower health care costs,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. “At the forefront of the field, these hospitals are setting the bar for protection of patient data through discerning security measures.”