Banner one of Top 25 Connected Hospitals
Health Imaging and IT magazine has recognized nonprofit Banner Health as one of the Top 25 Connected facilities in the country for the second year in a row.
The industry magazine cited Banner Health for its streamlined image transfer process for trauma patients who are referred from rural hospitals. The process relies on a cloud-based image transfer system and allows physicians at both the rural facility and Phoenix-based hospital Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center to view and share images.
Since launching the system, transfer patients have not had to be rescanned and trauma surgeons have had shorter image-discovery times.
Last year, Banner Health was recognized for its systemwide implementation of electronic medical records and computerized provider-order entry systems and advances in radiology.
Banner Health has invested heavily into its Care Transformation strategy, which is distinguished by an enhanced suite of electronic medical records, computerized provider order entry and patient identification. By the end of this summer, all Banner hospitals will have electronic medical record systems in place.
In ranking facilities, magazine editors looked at how well the facility has integrated electronic medical records, its use of health information exchanges and the number of physicians and referring physicians with remote access to clinical images and patient data. They also looked at the number and breadth of clinical IT systems deployed.