H&HN names the 'Most Wired' hospitals of 2013

Magazine surveyed 1,713 hospitals for its 15th annual list

Topics: Information Technology

July 11, 2013

Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) has announced its 15th annual list of the "Most Wired" hospitals in the nation, recognizing nearly 300 hospitals for successfully planning and implementing information technology.

For the list, the magazine surveyed 1,713 hospitals between Jan. 15 and March 15 in partnership with the American Hospital Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), AT&T, and McKesson.

The magazine evaluated the hospitals' surveys across four categories:

  • Infrastructure;
  • Business and administrative management;
  • Clinical quality and safety; and
  • Clinical integration.

H&HN designated nearly 300 hospitals and health systems as "Most Wired," as well as 25 hospitals as "Most Improved" and 25 hospitals as "Most Wired—Small and Rural."

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The characteristics of 'Most Wired' hospitals

According to H&HN, of the "Most Wired" hospitals:
  • 71% use electronic disease registries, compared with 51% of all survey hospitals;
  • 69% use electronic prescription systems, compared with 60% of all survey hospitals;
  • 66% share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, compared with 49% of all survey hospitals; and
  • 37% use patient discharge data with non-affiliated hospitals, compared with 24% of all survey hospitals.

"Meaningful use has been a top priority for CIOs and hospital executives, but understanding all of the data will be critical as new relationships continue to evolve," said Rose Higgins, a vice president at McKesson subsidiary RelayHealth. She added, "Data analytics will be essential to helping hospitals balance quality of care and cost requirements in a new environment of risk-based reimbursement and evidence-based medicine."

H&HN names 'Top Innovators'

In addition, H&HN named "Innovator Award" winners based on submitted essays detailing noteworthy hospital IT projects. The three 2013 Innovator Award winners are:

  • Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for its localization of IT services strategy;
  • Texas Children's Hospital in Houston for its rapid communication system; and
  • University of Utah Health Care in Salt Lake City for its value-driven outcomes costing (Weinstock/Hoppszallern, H&HN, July 2013; Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 7/10). 

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