TMC Gets Technology Honor

The following is a news release from Texoma Medical Center:

Texoma Medical Center has been included on a list of the Most Wired Hospitals in the country. TMC’s distinction as one of the Most Improved small and rural wired hospitals is based on results of the 2006 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The magazine has named the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems since 1999.

According to Ty Sweeney, TMC Vice President and Chief Information Officer, "Being recognized a Most Improved Organization by this year's Most Wired Survey is certainly a welcome validation of all our efforts here at TMC as we rapidly move ahead with information technology. Under the leadership of our CEO, we've been able to accomplish amazing things over the last few years, including new financial and clinical systems from McKesson and a new labor management system from Kronos, to name a few. We consider our ultimate goal to be a fully electronic medical record, and feel we're at least 80% of the way there. This puts us in the top quartile of community hospitals nationwide. With everything we have underway or planned, we should move into the top 10% in the next year or so. The end result of all this is better patient care and more efficient operations for TMC."

"Information Technology has been a major focus at TMC since 2002. I firmly believe that IT is the key to superior patient safety and quality of care, prevention of medical errors, and improved efficiencies for our physicians, staff, and patients. The healthcare industry is still far behind other industries such as banks, retail stores, grocery stores and so on, but we're closing the gap at TMC" says W. Mackey Watkins, M.D., President & CEO of Texoma Medical Center.

The nation’s 100 Most Wired are also using information technology to improve quality, satisfaction and patient care by investing in technology to streamline business and clinical practices; to reduce medical errors; and to improve clinical outcomes. For example, 99 percent of the Most Wired hospitals provide digital radiology images in the hospital inpatient setting, compared with 72 percent of the Least Wired hospitals (defined as the 100 hospitals scoring lowest on the survey); 92 percent of the medical records at Most Wired hospitals are available digitally, compared with 61 percent at Least Wired hospitals; and 36 percent of medications are ordered electronically by physicians in Most Wired hospitals, compared with 2 percent among Least Wired hospitals.

The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation’s hospitals use of information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.