A National Leader In Electronic Health Records
HOCC is among less than 2 percent of hospitals meeting federal criteria.
The electronic health record is the future of medicine, and it’s already operational at The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC). This summer, HOCC became one of only 78 hospitals in the country to achieve “Stage 2 meaningful use,” a standard set by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. To demonstrate it has met Stage 2 criteria, a hospital must meet 19 objectives.
Achieving Stage 2 is “a huge step toward making the electronic health record a very helpful tool to improve patient care, patient safety and the quality of care The Hospital of Central Connecticut provides to its patients,” says Dr. Fadi Hammami, HOCC chief medical information officer.
HOCC’s steps toward meaningful use included implementing a computerized physician order entry program, a bar code scanning safety system to ensure the correct medication is given to the right patient at the right dose and time, and a secure online patient portal. Current and former patients can register for the portal, known as MyHOCC!, to view their discharge summaries, lab reports, radiology reports, allergies and medication list.
One challenge at any hospital is getting patients to register for the portal. To address this, Hammami says, “We established a workflow where almost every patient is asked on admission if they want to access their information online. We are streamlining the process to make it easier for patients to register.” The extra effort has made a difference. The percentage of HOCC patients viewing their records electronically is well above the national average and what is required by the federal guidelines.
Family Health Center Opens
HOCC celebrated the opening of its Family Health Center at 22 Pine St., Bristol. The 15,000 square feet center includes a primary care and walk-in medical office, an outpatient lab, a radiology center, and the HOCC Wound Care Center. The center is leasing offices for private physicians.
HOCC completed requirements for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program. To be part of the program, hospitals must meet the program’s standards for curriculum, duration, intensity, and reporting requirements of diabetes lifestyle education programs.
High Marks for Wound Care
Press Ganey survey results show that 90 percent of patients express satisfaction with care received at HOCC’s Wound Care Center.
Centering Pregnancy™ Promotes Wellness
HOCC is one of only a few hospitals in the state to offer Centering Pregnancy™, a March of Dimes program that arranges for expectant mothers being seen in the hospital’s clinic to receive their prenatal care and education in groups. The approach helps women get to know others at the same point in pregnancy and helps promote healthy pregnancies and births.
We’re Among The ‘Most Wired’
HOCC has been named one of the Most Wired hospitals in the nation by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. To be named among the Most Wired, hospitals must meet a set of rigorous criteria and have made significant gains by using information technology to better connect care providers and reduce the likelihood of medical errors.
Hospital Awarded Certification for Knee, Hip Replacement Program
HOCC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Knee and Hip Replacement Program, having demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. (See story)
Advocating for Breast Health
Research by Dr. Jean Weigert, an HOCC radiologist and director of its Breast Imaging program, contributed to the enactment of a state law capping insurance co-payments for breast health ultrasound screenings to no more than $20. Public Act 14-97 was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy on June 6, 2014. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2015.
New Imaging Software Assesses Breast Density
HOCC became the first hospital in the state to use breast density imaging software called VolparaDensity™ that more objectively and consistently assesses breast density levels as part of mammogram studies.
Research Studies Under Way
HOCC is taking part in two major, national research studies under the leadership of Chief of Cardiology Dr. Justin Lundbye. The Cardiovascular Inflammation Reduction Trial, or CIRT, is a long-term study examining whether a drug called methotrexate can improve outcomes in patients who have had heart attacks or have coronary artery disease. The CIRT study is being conducted at 300 sites in the U.S. and Canada. HOCC is one of only two Connecticut sites and the only one in the Greater Hartford area. A pilot study known as Cool-Arrest is being conducted at 20 centers in the U.S. It is testing a device used in providing therapeutic hypothermia treatment for patients who have had cardiac arrest.
Cancer Center Campaign Advances Toward Goal
The campaign to raise $10 million to support HOCC’s new Cancer Center is making steady progress, with nearly $7 million raised since the campaign was launched in late 2012. This is the largest fundraising campaign in the hospital’s history and requires tremendous support. Funds raised to date include generous donations from area foundations, businesses and local families, as well as HOCC’s board of directors, medical staff members, volunteers and employees.
Helping Our Neighbors Keep the Power On
This spring, HOCC hosted a “Keep the Power on Clinic.” The event is designed to offer advice to help families avoid utility termination.
We’re on the Quality Map
HOCC was scheduled to be shown on a map as an award-winning hospital in an American Heart Association advertisement in US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals edition and at Scientific Sessions in November 2014 for its STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction) care.
Awards for Stroke and Heart Programs
HOCC’s stroke and heart programs received three awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association. (See story)
Cancer Program Earns Special Accreditation
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has awarded a three-year, gold-level accreditation to HOCC’s cancer program, with special commendation for clinical trials accrual, cancer registrar education, public reporting of outcomes, adherence to College of American Pathologists protocols, nursing care, data quality and data accuracy.
HOCC Recognized as Baby-Friendly
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. has designated The Hospital of Central Connecticut as a
Baby-Friendly birth facility for its support of breastfeeding. (See story)
Award for Family BirthPlace
The Hospital of Central Connecticut was recognized for excellence in lactation care,
receiving the IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant®) Care Award. The award recognizes the hospital having International Board Certified Lactation Consultants on staff and for activities that demonstrate breast-feeding promotion, protection and support. It was given to the hospital by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® and International Lactation Consultant Association®.
Increasing Mental Health Awareness
In January 2014, HOCC’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network sponsored an event aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues and breaking down barriers to care. The program, which featured talks by several psychiatrists, was part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health Series.