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Ashland, Ky.— King’s Daughters Health System has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired for Health Information Technology in the July issue of Hospital & Health Networks magazine. 

“This recognition reflects the effort and intensity that King’s Daughters Health System has put into information technology over the past few years,” said Cathy Cooper-Weidner, vice president, chief information officer. “This includes implementing Epic™, an electronic health record system, to continually improve quality outcomes for our patients.” 

The Epic system integrates electronic medical records wherever the patient receives treatment throughout King’s Daughters Health System. Epic is used daily by 104 King’s Daughters practitioners in over 60 offices across all specialties within the medical center and at regional locations including the offices of King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, The Kentucky Heart Institute as well as King’s Daughters family and urgent care centers throughout the region. 

“The progress that KDHS has made with respect to information technology and the electronic health record in such a short period of time is remarkable,” Cooper–Weidner said. “This progress occurred because of the talent and team effort made by all of our team members and physicians.” 

The nation’s Most Wired hospitals are using health information technology to improve performance in a number of areas, according the Health Care’s Most Wired 2012 Survey released today. King’s Daughters Health System is focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data and optimizes patient flow and communications. King’s Daughters uses Epic to record and manage electronic patient medical records and MyChart™, a system that enables patients to access their own secure electronic health information online. 

“Epic enables King’s Daughters healthcare providers to follow each patient’s treatment across multiple office visits, admissions and procedures,” said Tim Prout, KDHS information systems technology project manager. “This greatly enhances clinician efficiency, quality outcomes and patient satisfaction.”

Prout said MyChart enables patients to take an active role in their healthcare. “We encourage patients to partner with us in their care through MyChart access,” he said. “MyChart is a patient portal with access to communication, clinical and financial tools to help them become more involved in the management of their healthcare.” 

With MyChart, patients can request appointments and prescription renewals, obtain test results and keep track of their current health issues, medications, growth charts, allergies, immunizations and medical, surgical and family history. 

“Hospitals receiving Most Wired recognition are truly representative of our nation’s hospitals and systems — rural and urban, small and large, teaching and non-teaching, and critical access hospitals geographically dispersed,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). 

The 2012 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association. 

“Equipping caregivers with the information needed to drive quality, safety and efficiency will continue to be an imperative as the challenges facing health systems grow increasingly complex,” said Pat Blake, president, McKesson Technology Solutions. “The effective use of health IT, including actionable analytics and connectivity, can be a strategic lever as hospitals and health systems work to drive better outcomes while managing capacity, reducing costs and coordinating care across multiple settings and caregivers.” 

Prout said efforts to implement and grow the utilization of IT involved everyone in King’s Daughters Health System. “This has involved our entire team,” he said. “From end users to KDMS leadership, we could not have achieved this without the dedication and support of these people.  Being recognized as a Most Wired hospital is something we can all be proud of.” 

King’s Daughters Medical Center is a locally controlled, not-for-profit, 465-bed regional referral center, offering comprehensive cardiac, vascular, medical, surgical, maternity, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, cancer, neurological, pain care, wound care and home care services. For additional information, visit us online at or call 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).

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