FARMINGTON — Franklin Memorial Hospital has been named among the nation’s most wired hospitals according to the results of the 2011 Most Wired Survey Benchmarking Study released in the July issue of “Hospitals & Health Networks,” the journal of the American Hospital Association.

“Most Wired” hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates, and other key quality measures through the use of information technology. This year, 530 health systems and hospitals representing 1,388 hospitals were considered for the award. The Most Wired survey focuses on how hospitals use information technologies in four critical areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and care continuum.

Franklin Memorial Hospital has made information technology a priority in recent years. For example, in the last year all Franklin Health medical practices and the hospital emergency department converted from paper medical records to electronic medical records that provide instant and complete patient information to consulting health care providers in medical offices, emergency rooms, hospitals, and other health facilities to improve patient care.

Rebecca Ryder, president of Franklin Community Health Network and Franklin Memorial Hospital, said being named to the list was an important milestone.

Franklin Memorial Hospital and Maine Medical Center are the only two hospitals in Maine to be recognized in the “Most Wired” category this year. Central Maine Medical Center was cited among the 25 “Most Improved.”


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