Guthrie Health: Among nation's most wired

By Kelly McCarthy

July 10, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 12:45 AM EDT

Sayre, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Guthrie Health is "wired," and that's winning national recognition. They received an annual award given to health networks for making strides in information technology.

Guthrie Healthcare say they have more than 200,000 reasons to push for electronic health records.

"In the past you had a paper chart that contains your medical records," said Director of Information Technology Craig Wilhelm. "Someone would deliver stacks and stacks of paper and at times they might have gotten lost, too, some of those files."

Now records are stored in a computer on wheels to give patients, doctors and nurses information at their fingertips. All a person needs to keep track of their own records is a username and password.

"The patients become involved in their care," Wilhelm said. "EGuthrie is a good example of that. It's our electronic portal to an electronic health record for each patient."

Guthrie employees say the technology efficiencies add up to an award-winning facility. But it's not just the technology that's being recognized.

"It looks at the infrastructure," Wilhelm said. "It looks at the business and administrative management systems. It looks at your clinical quality and safety you have implemented."

When all the gadgets working together help a patient in need, that's when everyone wins, Wilhelm said.

"I'm not a physician," Wilhelm said. "But the satisfaction I receive knowing an application or a system that we've provided, that we've helped implement, is saving a life, that's what means the most to me."

The Most Wired Hospitals award is given annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

This is third consecutive year and the seventh time in 12 years that Guthrie has been recognized for a Most Wired award.

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