As one of the earliest adopters of electronic health record technology, Mercy has collected more than a decade of clinical data. Mercy Technology Services (MTS) data science experts are using cutting-edge data analysis to help build better patient experiences and improve care. With machine learning, Mercy combs through millions of data points to determine methods of care that produce the best results for patients. Pairing this intelligence with current medical literature, Mercy then configures the surest medical paths to get there. Together, doctors, nurses and clinical teams can use this data to map out the best care options and the quickest route to good health.
Here are just some of the ways in which data has improved care for Mercy patients:
Mercy’s leadership in optimizing technology has earned some of health care’s highest honors including:
Mercy’s Data Center in Washington, Missouri is a $60 million, 42,500-square-foot center designed and built specifically to support Mercy’s hospitals, physician clinics and other services. Because health care today depends on 24/7 availability of technology and information, the Mercy Data Center was designed with fail-safe features to withstand a variety of natural events, power or water interruptions and even failures within the building itself. Every support system that protects data in the center is fully duplicated – with backups for power, cooling and network connectivity – and the facility can operate up to 72 hours in the case of an electrical power outage. Network bandwidth and computer processing power can also be added as needs arise.
Unique Data Center Features:
More than 2 million feet – nearly 400 miles – of fiber optic cable is used to carry data through the center, enough to reach from St. Louis, Missouri, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mercy believes in the dignity of every person, and that each patient deserves exceptional care. That’s why we offer our expertise in health care information technology to other health care providers – as an extension of Mercy’s mission. MTS became the nation’s first Epic Gold Star-accredited provider to offer electronic health record (EHR) solutions to other hospitals.
A powerful EHR system can change the kind of care patients receive – by increasing coordination and safety, pushing proven treatment to caregivers and triggering alerts to help keep people well. Hospitals who partner with us can take advantage of Mercy’s lessons learned, as well as a decade of experience using Epic to improve patient care.
Mercy Hospital St. Louis has become the first Mercy facility to be certified as one of the world’s most technologically advanced hospitals by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Certification as “HIMSS Stage 7” puts Mercy Hospital St. Louis in the top 6 percent of hospitals around the globe based on its use of IT and EHR capabilities. HIMSS scores hospitals using hundreds of criteria. Stage 7, the highest stage, is an industry-recognized barometer signifying an organization’s highly effective use of technology in delivering care. Click here to learn more about how Mercy Hospital St. Louis earned this distinction.
For the second year in a row, Mercy has been honored by Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business and Information Management magazine as one of 50 organizations in 2017 that excel at using analytics to solve business challenges.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) named Mercy the 2016 recipient of the Enterprise Davies Award. Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized the outstanding achievement of organizations that use health information technology to improve patient care while achieving cost savings.
A data-driven project that’s saving more lives earned Mercy the 2015 Computerworld Data+ Editors’ Choice Award. Mercy was among only a few dozen recipients of the award – including Intel, Google and Cisco – based on smart business decisions using big data.
In 2014, Health Data Management magazine awarded Mercy an Analytics All Stars “Top Honor” for Accountable Care Project of the Year. This award recognizes organizations and individuals that use analytics in innovative ways to improve the health of their patients and the financial performance of their organizations.