Central Texas Medical Center Part of a 2018 Most Wired Health System
SAN MARCOS, Texas--Adventist Health System (AHS), which includes Central Texas Medical Center, has been named a 2018 Most Wired award winner by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). This is the sixth straight year AHS has been honored with the award that identifies and recognizes health care organizations that exemplify best practices through their adoption, implementation and use of information technology.
“We live in a world where medical technology is constantly evolving. Being part of an organization that prioritizes innovation and technology resources is really what gives us the tools to deliver exceptional care to our patients,” said CTMC President/CEO Anthony Stahl.
For the first time in the award’s 20-year history, only the top 25 percent of respondents were recipients of the award due to a more rigorous selection process. Adventist Information Technology (AIT), the organization’s IT department, manages and oversees its business systems and information technology solutions across its hospitals, home health and hospice agencies, skilled nursing facilities, physician practices and business offices.
According to the survey, two key areas emerged in 2018: the use of foundational technologies such as integration, interoperability, security and disaster recovery; and the use of transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement and telehealth.
“Health care IT has the potential to revolutionize care around the world, but to meet that potential it must be used strategically,” said Russell Branzell, president and CEO of CHIME. “The technology is important, but leadership and a strategic vision are equally important. The diversity of the organizations that earned Most Wired status this year shows quality care can be achieved almost anywhere under the right leadership. By sharing the best practices in Most Wired, we hope quality care will one day be available everywhere.”
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 300 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website at ctmc.org. CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS).
With a sacred mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, Adventist Health System (AHS) is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A Christian mission, shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities healthier unify the system’s 46 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout nine states.