Mason General Hospital named 2016 ‘most wired’

SHELTON — Mason General Hospital and Family of Clinics was recently named a “Most Wired Hospital” in 2016.

It was the ninth straight year the hospital has received the designation from the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.

The “Most Wired” survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, was recently published by “Health & Hospitals Networks.”

The 2016 Most Wired Survey is a leading industry barometer measuring information-technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide, according to the American Hospital Association.

The survey represented an estimated 2,146 hospitals — more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.

“We are once again delighted to have received this outstanding recognition for the ninth year in a row,” Hospital Chief Executive Officer Eric Moll said. “This year’s survey was based on how we have leveraged our (information technology) to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.”

The “Most Wired” award presents a strong alignment with the hospital district’s strategic vision of united community, empowered people, exceptional health, Moll said.

“This was all made possible through the leadership of Tom Hornburg, our chief information officer and his outstanding staff,” Moll said.

Hornburg said he was honored that the hospital district won the award nine straight years.

“This award shows the enduring dedication of our staff in working with technologies to help our patients achieve their best health,” Hornburg said.

According to the national survey, one of the characteristics of a Most Wired Hospital is its use of ‘telehealth’ to fill gaps in care, providing services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and expand access to medical specialists.

Mason General Hospital uses telehealth in stroke care and mental health services.

“We are breaking out of the traditional four walls of our Hospital and Clinics by providing care where and when patients need it,” Moll said. “(Mason General Hospital and Family of Clinics) exemplifies this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely.”