THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Archbold Medical Center is named one of the 100 most integrated healthcare networks in the nation, and is the only southwest Georgia hospital in the ranking.
Their rating of 55th was based on the network's ability to operate a unified organization in eight categories including financial stability, physicians, and integrated technology.
Administrators say much of their success is due to the implementation of a new health information system that allows physicians to access patient data from anywhere in the system, including their homes.
"All five hospitals at Archbold, our nursing homes, are all tied to a common electronic medical record where physicians can access real time information on their patients anywhere in the system," said President/CEO Perry Mustian.
"Their medication list, allergies, all results and findings are available to anywhere across the spectrum with our organization," said Director of Clinical Informatics Lou Ellen Parker.
The new system is good for patients because they don't have to answer the same medical questions over and over. Archbold also has a new Bar Code Medication Administration to prevent medication errors.