Newport News, Va. – Riverside Health System has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 “Most Wired” health care systems for 2005.

Each year, health care systems across the nation are invited to respond to in-depth surveys as a part of a joint program sponsored by Hospital and Health Networks Magazine, IDX Corporation and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The rankings are based upon the degree to which health systems utilize computer technology for patient care, customer relations and organizational processes and public health and safety.

“We have had many successes from centralized patient scheduling systems to electronic medical records in our physician offices, said Riverside Senior Vice President John Stanley.

“Our team of professionals deserves tremendous credit for their ability to adapt emerging technology in support of Riverside’s mission of providing the highest quality health services to our communities,” he added.

Riverside’s Medication Administration Check systems enable nurses at Riverside Regional Medical Center. before dispensing drugs, to verify via wireless computers and barcode technology that the right dose of the right medication is being given to the right patient by the right form (pill, IV,etc), at the right time.This technology is beginning to be utilized around the country to increase medication safety procedures.

Stanley notes that it is critical for physicians to have the most current patient information at their fingertips.Riverside provides multiple methods of secure and timely access to physicians through, PDAs, Smart Phones and a specially designed Web-Portal.

“Our physicians can even look at a patient’s diagnostic images, such as X-rays, CT Scans, or MRI views, from anywhere – home, office, or while traveling,” notes Stanley. “This is all done through secure and private access methods.” 

Riverside’s Walter Reed Hospital is one of the first in the county to implement the Soarian “State-of-the-Art” Clinical System for its caregivers in the hospital setting.This state-of-the-art system includes a “smart rules/workflow” technology to assist caregivers by providing them a comprehensive picture of their patient’s key medical data along with reminders and checks to ensure the highest quality of care can be rendered.

Stanley said that plans are to bring the Soarian System to Riverside Regional Medical Center in 2006.

Published: August 30, 2005