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Although 680 hospitals and health networks participated in this year’s study, only 375 were named to the list.
Hospitals that invest in health IT often offer their patients care that is better coordinated and more streamlined and the opportunity to empower themselves through direct access to their own medical records. When clinicians have instant access to the information that they need to make care decisions, patients can benefit with faster and more comprehensive recoveries, especially when being treated for acute or complex illness. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ technology investments have resulted in a single, unified electronic medical record system for the institution that spans all major hospital areas including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, intensive care and surgical units.
“Having a single digital electronic medical record for our patients makes it possible for an entire team of clinicians across the continuum of care able to review a patient’s chart without needing to request that a physical chart be transported to them, which can take time and resources and sometimes delay care decisions,” says
The medical record is not the only area that can benefit from an infusion of health IT. CHLA recently implemented an electronic nurse scheduling system, as well as care management programming to help make milestones visible for all clinicians involved in a patient’s care. On the business side, time and attendance is now managed electronically and the hospital is currently launching a web portal for patients to obtain their medical records. Called myKIDS, the new site is designed to help empower parents to become active partners in their child’s care and provides insights into appointments, lab and test results and permits parents to submit prescription renewals and secure messages to their child’s doctors online.
“While we’re proud of where we are now, we have an even greater vision for the future. From partnering with other health care institutions to access to real-time clinical data for patients who show up in our emergency room to using technology to perfect our patient safety and quality practices, we are committed to making a positive impact on the health of children inside and outside of our hospital,” adds Miller.
About Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital on the
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