Pelham Medical Center Named “Most Wired”
Award focuses on security and patient engagement
Pelham Medical Center (PMC), part of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, was recognized as one of the Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems for 2015. PMC was one of seven South Carolina hospitals awarded as a result of the 17th annual Healthcare’s Most Wired survey released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
“Our systems enable our physicians in the hospital to easily access your office records to ensure you receive the highest-quality care. Access to those hospital records allow your primary care physician to ensure your after-hospital care is as effective as possible,” said Tony Kouskolekas, president of Pelham Medical Center. “In this day and age, an additional attribute is keeping patients’ information safe. We have implemented many electronic and automated checks and balances to ensure optimal security and patient care. We reached this point by making a concerted effort to work closely with our medical staff and IT resources, with the patient always at the forefront of our discussions.”
The 2015 Most Wired™ survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide.
The survey of 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.
According to the survey, hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to protect and safeguard patient data. Top growth areas in security among this year’s Most Wired organizations include privacy audit systems, provisioning systems, data loss prevention, single sign-on and identity management. The survey also found:
• 96 percent of Most Wired organizations use intrusion detection systems compared to 85 percent of all respondents. Privacy audit systems (94 percent) and security incident event management (93 percent) are also widely used.
• 79 percent of Most Wired organizations conduct incident response exercises or tabletop tests annually, a high-level estimate of the current potential for success of a cybersecurity incident response plan, compared to 37 percent of all responding hospitals.
• 83 percent of Most Wired organizations report that hospital board oversight of risk management and reduction includes cybersecurity risk.
HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, conducted between January and March 2015, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Network. Respondents completed 741 surveys, representing more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals. Last October, the AHA/Health Forum and CHIME announced the formation of a Most Wired partnership to enhance collaboration between the two organizations in the development and sustainability of the survey and to collectively help meet the growing demand for useful data on health IT integration.
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System was recognized as Most Wired in 2003 and 2007.
About Pelham Medical Center
Offering emergency services, world-class cancer treatment, and surgical care and primary care, Pelham Medical Center is located at Westmoreland Road and Highway 14 in Greer, SC. Pelham Medical Center consists of 48 inpatient rooms, four intensive care rooms and areas with telemetry for monitoring cardiac patients. The facility also has four operating suites and an emergency department with 11 rooms. The medical center complex includes the Medical Office Building, the Surgery Center at Pelham and the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute at Pelham.
About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.
About the American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, please visit www.aha.org.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,500 CIO members and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org.
About Health Forum
Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, please visit www.healthforum.com