Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) has recently learned that the hospital – along with five other EMHS member organizations – has been recognized as “Most Wired” by the Hospitals & Health Networks for 2013. This announcement was made at the American Hospital Association’s July Leadership Summit in San Diego, CA.
Acting CEO Terri Vieira stated, “SVH has been committed to making the best use of our resources, and leveraging technology plays an increasingly important role in our efforts. We have made great strides to implement robust clinical information systems aimed at enhancing our already outstanding patient care. With the guidance of EMHS, SVH has been able to adopt technologies to improve patient documentation, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of disaster or outage.”
Chief Administration Officer, Michael Peterson, FACHE, has been instrumental in SVH’s efforts to be a leader in the digital age of Maine health care. “The electronic medical record (EMR) and, more recently, our Bedside Medication Verification System that SVH implemented this year, have empowered us to collect and verify data easily and quickly. With these information systems, we are able to securely provide real-time data to providers who are caring for patients, while infusing efficiency, quality, and trust into the care that SVH delivers.” Mr. Peterson noted that SVH has been using EMR since 2006 and points to the fact that as a result, turn-around times for test results have been drastically improved, and the availability of clinical data in front of providers has been significantly increased since implementation – all enhancing patient outcomes.
Ms. Vieira added, “Healthcare is truly an information-based business, and it’s crucial to have information in the hands of the caregivers where and when they need it for the best patient care. With the roll out of Affordable Care initiatives, having our records in electronic form is helping SVH to enhance quality while controlling health care costs.”
Seven other Maine hospitals are recognized as “Most Wired” by the H&HN this year, and six of those hospitals are EMHS members: Acadia Hospital, Aroostook Medical Center, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Inland Hospital, and SVH.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Yarbrough at 487.4000. Accredited by the Joint Commission, SVH comprises a progressive 25-bed critical access hospital with a wide range of outpatient services throughout the region. SVH is a proud member of Eastern Maine Healthcare System (EMHS).