Akron Children’s celebrates its recent recognition, “Most Wired”

Tom Ogg talks with Tracy McClure after the announcement.

Tom Ogg talks with Tracy McClure after the announcement.

Akron Children’s Hospital’s Chief Information Officer Tom Ogg and his team celebrated in style last week after recently being named one of the country’s “Most Wired” hospitals.

On July 10 at the Roger Sherman Auditorium, Ogg surprised his team with the announcement, congratulating them for such a vital accomplishment: engaging the entire organization in IT solutions to improve patient documentation and patient safety.

Tom Ogg

Tom Ogg

“This is a big ‘win’ for all of the Akron Children’s team and, more importantly, the patients we serve,” said Ogg.

He also brought in Cathryn O’Malley, Akron Children’s deployment leader, organization effectiveness and transformation, to discuss and perform the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. Employees were able to identify how their personalities were classified and learn to work more effectively with others.

Finally, a Kent State University representative was there to share opportunities for employees to further their IT knowledge and education through the university.

Attendees at the celebration were given snacks and T-shirts and were entertained with “wired-themed” performances.

Passing out "Most Wired" t-shirts after the announcement.

Passing out “Most Wired” t-shirts after the announcement.

The Most Wired survey provides industry-level benchmarks for IT adoption for operational, financial and clinical performance.

The survey evaluates a hospital’s systems to improve patient documentation, reduce medical errors, improve safety, and give care providers the information they need to support clinical decision making at the point of care where they need it most.

Those with exceptionally high IT integration throughout their organization are recognized with the “Most Wired” award.

The honor comes just six months after Akron Children’s was ranked at Stage 6 (out of 7 stages) nationally for implementation and use of its inpatient electronic medical records (EMR) by HIMSS Analytics.

“Where Stage 6 reflects our extensive implementation and use of the EMR, the Most Wired honor is broader and looks at an organization’s entire information technology efforts,” said Ogg. “This designation reflects a dedication to making sure we have the best technologies and resources to deliver high-quality and safe healthcare throughout the organization.”

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