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opening thoughts wired for the future NMHS receives 2009 ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospital honors North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo is one of the nation’s Most Wired and Most Wireless hospitals and healthcare systems, according to the results of the 2009 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Information technology plays an important role in the delivery of healthcare. Patients served by Most Wired hospitals and healthcare systems benefit from improved efficiency, quality and safety of care. This marks the 11th year of the Most Wired Survey. NMHS is one of 10 organizations named Most Wired nine times and Most Wireless six times. Investment in electronic medication management is considered one of the fundamentals of using IT to improve care. The 2009 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study shows an overall increase in both provider order entry of medications and electronic bedside matching at the time medications are administered. Of the organizations completing the survey this year, NMHS is one of 38 hospitals and health systems—6.8 percent of the sample—that have effectively deployed information technology at both ends of the medication administration process. This compares with 23 hospitals and health systems in 2008, or 4.1 percent of the sample. The typical respondent has 40 percent of medications matched at the bedside, compared with 30 percent in 2008. Our nurses use PDAs equipped with wireless technology to link bedside medication administration to our core system, which houses the current medication list prescribed by the physician. The list not only includes the name of the The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals medication, but also the dosage to be given, the time the & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American medication should be taken, and how it should be adminHospital Association, which uses the results to name the istered. Through the use of bar codes, the nurse scans each medication and the patient ID band, matching each dose of 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses medication to the correct patient and ensuring that the medion how the nation’s hospitals use information technolocation scanned matches exactly what the physician indicated gies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, in the system. With wireless technology incorporated into business processes and workforce issues. Recipients of bedside procedures, nurses have the absolute, most current the Most Wired award are the 100 organizations scoring medication list for each patient at the point of care delivery. We invite you to visit our website at highest on the survey. Most Wireless honors go to the top to learn more about our award-winning healthcare 25 organizations scoring highest on the survey questions organization. N just the facts focused on wireless applications. Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2009 survey in cooperation with McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. To learn more about this and other national honors awarded to NMMC, visit Sincerely, John Heer President and Chief Executive Officer North Mississippi Health Services vim & vigor • w inte r 2 009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Winter 2009 - North Mississippi

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2009 - North Mississippi
Opening Thoughts
Our Newest Addition
Diabetes Check
Model Behavior
Is it a Sign?
Your Heart: The Owner's Manual
Independence Days
Sidney Poitier
The Right Stuff
Watch and Learn
Up to Speed
Shining Stars
Back in Action
Digest This
Healthy Bites
Catch the Spirit

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2009 - North Mississippi