Annual list names nation's 'Most Wired' hospitals

338 hospitals made the list

Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) on Thursday released its 17th annual list of the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals, recognizing more than 300 hospitals for successful health IT planning and implementation.

Details of the survey

This year's list was compiled through a survey conducted in partnership between H&HN, the American Hospital Association, and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

The survey evaluated hospitals based on how they use health IT in four areas:

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

About 741 hospitals and health systems representing more than 2,200 hospitals—roughly 40% of all U.S. hospitals—took part in the survey.

Overall, 338 hospitals made the "Most Wired" list.

The characteristics of 'Most Wired' hospitals

Honored hospitals were more likely to use several use population health management and reporting tools for various purposes.

  • 81% of "Most Wired" hospitals reported using such tools to identify and target patients for outreach, compared with 60% of survey respondents overall;
  • 59% of "Most Wired" hospitals reported using such tools to empower data-driven care management workflow, compared with 42% of survey respondents overall;
  • 57% of honored hospitals reporting using such tools to track care quality across networks and doctors compared with evidence-based medical standards, compared with 39% of all survey respondents; and
  • 52% of honored hospitals reporting using such tools to integrate clinical and claims data so they are accessible, searchable, and reportable across the care community, compared with 39% of all survey respondents.

The "Most Wired" hospitals also tended to have higher adoption rates for several patient portal functionalities, including allowing patient access through a mobile application, enabling physicians to view and exchange data with other facilities, being able to incorporate patient-generated data, and offering patients tools for managing chronic disease.

In addition, 81% of "Most Wired" hospitals use emails or alerts to communicate with patients, compared with 63% of respondents overall.

How to make the case for IT funding

Honored hospitals were also more likely to employ several strategies for enhancing data security. For example:

  • 96% of "Most Wired" hospitals reported using intrusion-detection systems, compared with 85% of survey respondents overall; and
  • 79% of "Most Wired" hospitals reported conducting exercises for incident response or tabletop tests each year, compared with 37% of survey respondents overall (McCann, Healthcare IT News, 7/9; Gruessner, EHR Intelligence, 7/9; Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 7/9; "Most Wired" list, H&HN, 7/9).

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