This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.
“Health Care’s Most Wired was achieved by implementing many facets of health information system technology and aligning that technology to what our patients and care teams will need now and in the future. Rush Memorial Hospital purchased a fully integrated Health Information System (HIS) and other advanced technology, which allows Rush Memorial the ability enter and retrieve structured data that is vital to patient care, thus allowing us to grow with Healthcare Reform and adapt to new technology as it becomes available,” said Jim Boyer, RMH Chief Information Officer. “In addition, our employees utilize all the systems functionalities, which brought Rush Memorial Hospital to a Health Care’s Most Wired award. Continuing past 2013, Rush Memorial Hospital will continue to improve and invest in technology, the meets or exceeds the Health Care’s Most Wired standards.”
“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”
Among some of the key findings this year:
• Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results when only 27 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 12 percent of all hospitals responded, “Yes.”