Four Lee Hospitals Named 2017 Most Wired for Four Consecutive Years

Most Wired Hospitals Use Technology to Partner with Patients on Health

(Fort Myers, Fla. - July 19, 2017) --- All four Lee Health acute care hospitals are among the 2017 Most Wired, according to the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released recently by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. According to the survey, technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health. Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital have been named Most Wired for the past four years by the AHA Health Forum.

“This is a significant acknowledgement of our health system’s leading edge accomplishments in the area of electronic health records and overall automation and informatics, centered on our use of the Epic electronic health record,” says Mike Smith, Chief Information Officer for Lee Health. “The technology we have implemented allows for one seamless patient record that medical staff, clinical staff and patients can share, regardless of care location. It is widely accepted that having the most accurate and complete patient information enables physicians and other care providers to deliver the best and safest care possible. We are pleased that Lee Heath has been able to implement industry-leading capabilities in the area of health information technology for the benefit of our community and are grateful that our accomplishments in this area are being acknowledged.”

According to this year’s survey, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. This year’s results show that 40% of hospitals surveyed offer virtual physician visits, and more than 40% provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. Hospitals have increased their use of sophisticated IT monitoring systems to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities or policy violations and produce real-time analysis of security alerts.

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

Most Wired hospitals are transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics. They are investing in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decision-making and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access and control costs.

  • 82 percent analyze retrospective clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving quality and reducing the cost of care.
  • Nearly 70 percent interface electronic health record data with population health tools for care management.
  • Nearly 40 percent deliver quality metrics to physicians at the point-of-care.
  • 32 percent have tools for real-time patient identification and tracking for value-based care conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and Mar. 15, 2017, is published annually by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 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

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