Akron Children’s Hospital Among ‘Most Wired’

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Special to Fox8.com from Dekontee Morris, University of Akron Bureau Intern

AKRON, Ohio — High-tech computer systems that have become a part of overall patient care have helped Akron Children’s Hospital become recognized as one of the nations “Most Wired” hospitals.

The Most Wired Survey, conducted alongside the American Hospital Association and other various organizations, assesses a hospital’s information technology systems and solutions.

It takes a look at how technology helps the organization as a whole, resulting in a reduction of medical errors.

“Our hospitals’ Electronic Medical Records (EMR) is an outstanding system that is one of the factors that helped us to receive this honor,” said Tom Ogg, Chief Information Officer at Akron Children’s Hospital. “The system checks each step of the patient care process, from ordering medication to making sure the correct medication is given to the correct patient and more.”

“You can have a good system, but you also need to be able to run it effectively,” Ogg continued.

The “Most Wired” honor doesn’t just recognize high-tech facilities; it recognizes how well the staff are able to utilize the technology to greatly improve the overall productivity of the hospital.

However, Akron Children’s is not a stranger to the national ranking charts.

The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Akron Children’s in one of the top 100 children’s hospitals in the U.S.

The hospital placed as one of the top 50 hospitals in seven pediatric specialties, including urology, diabetes and endocrinology, and nephrology.

Akron Children’s Hospital has two hospitals in addition to over 50 specialty locations and a dedicated staff of close to 740.

With more than 600,000 patients each year,  Akron Children’s Hospital is among the largest pediatric hospitals in northeast Ohio.