Boston, Philadelphia top list of best children's hospitals

Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia tie for first place in U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 Best Children's Hospitals Rankings.

Much of the quality related data collected for the rankings are based on measures underpinned by health information technology, such as electronic health records.

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U.S. News & World Report released the rankings on June 5.

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They feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. The rankings will also be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which will be available in August.

Eighty hospitals across the country ranked in one or more specialties. In addition, the 2012-13 Honor Roll recognizes 12 hospitals with high scores in a least three specialties:

1. (tie) Boston Children's Hospital

1. (tie) Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

3. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

4. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston

5. Children's Hospital Los Angeles

6. Seattle Children's Hospital

7. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

8. (tie) Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

8. (tie) Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora

10. (tie) Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

10. (tie) Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore

10. (tie) St. Louis Children's Hospital-Washington University

For families of sick children, Best Children's Hospitals provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more, according to U.S. News & World Report. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals' performance over the opinions of physicians.