Calvert Health System promotes wellness

The system’s digital information backbone is key to its drive to lower mortality and complication rates
By Anthony Brino
02:51 PM
Calvert Memorial

In between suburban Washington D.C. and the rural shores of Chesapeake Bay, Calvert Health System stands as the main healthcare provider for a region of about 125,000.

Anchored by its flagship, community-owned Calvert Memorial Hospital, the health system is trying to be a pioneer in Maryland, claiming among the lowest mortality and complication rates in the state – thanks in part to its advancing digital information backbone, said CIO Ed Grogan.

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“We’re very much focused on promoting wellness in our community, and we’re incentivized from a quality basis and financial basis,” Grogan said.

To meet those incentives the health system’s 30-person IT team has been hard at work these past few years, connecting hospitals and physician practices with a community health information exchange and computerized order entry. Also, digital radiography and voice recognition systems have sped up image turnaround time by 20 percent.

“Patients put their trust in caregivers,” Grogan said, “and our caregivers put their trust in us, to make sure they have reliable, meaningful usable systems.”

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