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Littleton Regional Healthcare Named Most Wired for 4th Year in a Row

November 1, 2016

Littleton, NH - Technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions, according to results of the 18th Annual Health Care's Most Wired® survey, released today by the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Forum. Littleton Regional Healthcare is among six hospitals from New Hampshire who received this prestigious recognition.

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists. This year's results show:

"Littleton Regional Healthcare is committed to providing not just the latest technology, but technology that enhances care and meets the varying needs of our providers and patients while meeting the requirements necessary to safeguard sensitive information. We are proud to be recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired healthcare institutions," said Nick Braccino, CPA and President at LRH. This is the fourth year in a row that LRH has been named Most Wired. I am very proud of the work all of our staff has done to make this happen."

Littleton Regional Healthcare Named Most Wired
Back Row from Left- Greg Cook, Pharmacy Director; Eric Perkins, Senior Network Administrator; Debora Cremin, RN, Clinical Information Analyst; Brian Mycko, Paragon Systems and Integration Administrator; Samantha Patry, Senior Systems Administrator; Koren Superchi, RNC, MSN, Interim Chief Nursing Operator; Bill Farrow, Senior Systems Administrator
Front Row from Left- Scott Vachon, Director of Information Technology, CHCIO; Cynthia Ryan, Customer Support Engineer; Peg Buckley, IT Project Manager; Rae Frazer, Clinical Analyst; Carlene Whitcomb, RN, BSN, MBA, Clinical Director of Outpatient Services

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists. This year's results show:

In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual's lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.

Most Wired hospitals 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. To get patients the right care, hospitals are using predictive modeling to eliminate preventable problems.

The versatility of mobile technologies makes it possible for clinicians and care team members to have the right tools for sound clinical decision-making wherever they are: 81 percent of Most Wired hospitals use mobile applications to notify clinicians of sudden changes in patient conditions and correlated events such as falls or respiratory distress or failure.

As they build out new capabilities, hospitals are also taking strong actions to ensure health data is secure.

HealthCare's Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2016, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2016 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 680 participants, representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals-more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.-examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.

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.

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