The 15th annual Health Care's Most Wired Survey spotlights the hospitals and healthcare systems that have come furthest so far in implementing health IT and putting it to work transforming care.
The survey – conducted by American Hospital Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, AT&T and McKesson, and published in Hospitals & Health Networks – shows big strides in adoption of technology to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based care, reduce medication errors, safeguard data and more.
"This year's Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation," says Rich Umbdenstock, president and chief executive officer of the American Hospital Association, in a press statement. "The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency."
Conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, the annual survey polled 1,713 hospitals (roughly one-third of those in the U.S.) about their IT initiatives. Among its findings:
- More than two thirds (69 percent) of "Most Wired" hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians.
- Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of "Most Wired" hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population, compared with 51 percent of total responders.
- Some 66 percent of "Most Wired" hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders. Meanwhile, 37 percent of "Most Wired" hospitals do so with non-affiliated hospitals versus 24 percent of total responders.
"The concept of health information exchange is absolutely correct. We need to do it and do it in a robust, refined way," said Russell P. Branzell, president and chief executive officer of CHIME, in a statement. "The answer here is standards, standards, standards. We need to standardize the entire process, which we've done in almost every other business sector."
[See also: 'Most Wired' hospitals named for 2012]
- Nearly one-third (32 percent) of "Most Wired" hospitals conduct controlled experiments or scenario-planning to make better management decisions.
- More than 40 percent of "Most Wired" hospitals provide a patient portal or Web-based tool for patient-generated data.
"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, vice president, strategic solutions of McKesson subsidiary RelayHealth in a statement. "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."
"The healthcare industry has lagged behind other industries, such as banking and travel, in tapping technology that can engage the patient and connect the continuum," said Geeta Nayyar, MD, chief medical information officer for AT&T, in a statement. "We are finally seeing real progress as an industry, but there is still more to do."
The list of "Health Care's Most Wired" winners:
Abington (Pa.) Health
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital | Lincoln, Ill.
Adventist Health System | Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Advocate Health Care | Oak Brook, Ill.
Alamance Regional Medical Center | Burlington, N.C.
Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center | Saginaw, Mich.
Alice Hyde Medical Center | Malone, N.Y.
Altru Health System | Grand Forks, N.D.
AnMed Health | Anderson, S.C.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Arnot Ogden Medical Center | Elmira, N.Y.
Atlantic Health System | Morristown, N.J.
Aurora Health Care | Milwaukee
Avera Health | Sioux Falls, S.D.
Banner Health | Phoenix
Baptist Health South Florida | Coral Gables, Fla.
Battle Creek (Mich.) VA Medical Center
Baystate Health | Springfield, Mass.
Beaufort (S.C.) Memorial Hospital |
Beaumont Health System | Royal Oak, Mich.
Berkshire Health Systems | Pittsfield, Mass.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Boston
Blue Hill (Maine) Memorial Hospital
Bon Secours Health System | Marriottsville, Md.
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System | Greenville, S.C.
Bon Secours Virginia Health System | Richmond, Va.
Boston Children’s Hospital
Bothwell Regional Health Center | Sedalia, Mo.
Bronson Battle Creek | Battle Creek, Mich.
Brooke Army Medical Center | Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Cancer Treatment Centers of America | Schaumburg, Ill.
Carilion Clinic | Roanoke, Va.
Carle Hoopeston (Ill.) Regional Health Center
Carolinas HealthCare System | Charlotte, N.C.
Cedars-Sinai Health System | Los Angeles
Centra | Lynchburg, Va.
CentraState Healthcare System | Freehold, N.J.
Chadron (Neb.) Community Hospital
Chester County Hospital | West Chester, Pa.
Children’s Hospital Colorado | Aurora, Co.
Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital
Children’s Medical Center Dallas
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics | Kansas City, Mo.
Christ Hospital | Cincinnati
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Citizens Memorial Hospital | Bolivar, Mo.
Columbia Memorial Hospital | Astoria, Ore.
Community Health Network | Indianapolis
Concord (N.H.) Hospital
Continuum Health Partners | New York
Cook Children’s Medical Center | Fort Worth, Texas
Coulee Medical Center | Grand Coulee, Wash.
Covenant Health | Knoxville, Tenn.
Crawford Memorial Hospital | Robinson, Ill.
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center | Rochester, Mich.
Crozer-Keystone Health System | Springfield, Pa.
Danbury (Conn.) Hospital
Deaconess Health System | Newburgh, Ind.
Denver Health and Hospital Authority | Denver
Detroit Medical Center | Detroit
Dignity Health | San Francisco
Doctors Hospital | Columbus, Ohio
Doylestown (Pa.) Hospital
Dublin (Ohio) Methodist Hospital
Duncan (Okla.) Regional Hospital
Eastern Maine Medical Center | Bangor
Eisenhower Medical Center | Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Elliot Health System | Manchester, N.H.
Elmhurst (Ill.) Memorial Hospital
Emory Healthcare | Atlanta
Exeter (N.H.) Health Resources
FirstHealth of the Carolinas | Pinehurst, N.C.
Fisher-Titus Medical Center | Norwalk, Ohio
Fletcher Allen Health Care | Burlington, Vt.
Florida Hospital | Orlando
Fort Madison (Iowa) Community Hospital
Franklin Memorial Hospital | Farmington, Maine
Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital
Geisinger Health System | Danville, Pa.
Genesis Health System | Davenport, Iowa
Grady Health System | Atlanta
Grady Memorial Hospital | Delaware, Ohio
Grand View Hospital | Sellersville, Pa.
Gritman Medical Center | Moscow, Idaho
Guam Memorial Hospital Authority | Tamuning, Guam
Gundersen Lutheran | La Crosse, Wis.
Guthrie Health | Sayre, Pa.
Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center
Hallmark Health System | Melrose, Mass.
Harris Health System | Houston
Hartford (Conn.) Hospital
HCA | Nashville, Tenn.
HealthAlliance Hospitals | Leominster, Mass.
HealthPartners | Bloomington, Minn.
Heartland Regional Medical Center | Saint Joseph, Mo.
Henry County Health Center | Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital | Valencia, Calif.
Holy Redeemer Hospital | Meadowbrook, Pa.
Holy Spirit Hospital System | Camp Hill, Pa.
Hunterdon Healthcare System | Flemington, N.J.
Ingalls Memorial Hospital | Harvey, Ill.
Inova Health System | Falls Church, Va.
Intermountain Healthcare | Salt Lake City
Jefferson Regional Medical Center | Pine Bluff, Ark.
John D. Dingell VA Medical Center | Detroit
Kaiser Permanente | Oakland, Calif.
Kane (Pa.) Community Hospital
King’s Daughters Medical Center | Ashland, Ky.
Kishwaukee Community Hospital | DeKalb, Ill.
Lafayette (La.) General Medical Center
Lafayette (La.) General Surgical Hospital
Lake Chelan Community Hospital | Chelan, Wash.
Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Medical Center
Lawrence (Kan.) Memorial Hospital
Lehigh Valley Health Network | Allentown, Pa.
Licking Memorial Hospital | Newark, Ohio
Lincoln Hospital & North Basin Medical Clinics | Davenport, Wash.
Long Island Jewish Medical Center | New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Lowell (Mass.) General Hospital
Loyola University Medical Center | Maywood, Ill.
Madigan Army Medical Center | Tacoma, Wash.
Maimonides Medical Center | Brooklyn, N.Y.
Main Line Health | Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Maine Medical Center | Portland, Maine
Marshall County Hospital | Benton, Ky.
Martha Jefferson Hospital | Charlottesville, Va.
Martin Health System | Stuart, Fla.
Mason General Hospital | Shelton, Wash.
Massena (N.Y.) Memorial Hospital
Mayo Clinic | Rochester, Minn.
McLaren Northern Michigan | Petoskey, Mich.
MedCentral - Mansfield (Ohio) Hospital
MedCentral - Shelby (Ohio) Hospital
Medical University of South Carolina | Charleston
MedStar Health | Columbia, Md.
Memorial Healthcare | Owosso, Mich.
Memorial Healthcare System | Hollywood, Fla.
Memorial Hermann | Houston
Memorial Medical Center | Springfield, Ill.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center | New York
Mercy | Chesterfield, Mo.
Mercy Medical Center | Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Meridian Health | Neptune, N.J.
Meriter Hospital | Madison, Wis.
Methodist Health System | Dallas
Methodist Hospital System | Houston
Methodist Medical Center of Illinois | Peoria, Ill.
Metro Health | Wyoming, Mich.
Miami Children’s Hospital
Middlesex Hospital | Middletown, Conn.
MidState Medical Center | Meriden, Conn.
Mid-Valley Hospital | Omak, Wash.
Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital | Weston, Wis.
Mission Hospital | Asheville, N.C.
Montefiore | Bronx, N.Y.
Mountain States Health Alliance | Johnson City, Tenn.
MultiCare Health System | Tacoma, Wash.
Munroe Regional Medical Center | Ocala, Fla.
Munson Medical Center | Traverse City, Mich.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital | Columbus, Ohio
NCH Healthcare System | Naples, Fla.
Nemaha County Hospital | Auburn, Neb.
Nemours Hospitals | Wilmington, Del.
Newport (Wash.) Hospital and Health Services
North Mississippi Health Services | Tupelo
North Shore University Hospital | Manhasset, N.Y.
Northeast Georgia Health System | Gainesville
NorthShore University HealthSystem | Evanston, Ill.
Northwest Community Hospital | Arlington Heights, Ill.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital | Chicago
NYU Langone Medical Center | New York
Ochsner Health System | New Orleans
Odessa (Wash.) Memorial Healthcare Center
Ohio State Univ. Wexner Medical Center | Columbus
Oklahoma Heart Hospital | Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus | Oklahoma City
Opelousas (La.) General Health System
Osceola (Wis.) Medical Center
OSF Healthcare System | Peoria, Ill.
Othello (Wash.) Community Hospital
Otsego Memorial Hospital | Gaylord, Mich.
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital | Ashland, Ky.
Palmetto Health | Columbia, S.C.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center | Salisbury, Md.
Piedmont Fayette Hospital | Fayetteville, Ga.
Piedmont Hospital | Atlanta
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital | Jasper, Ga.
Piedmont Newnan (Ga.) Hospital
PIH Health | Whittier, Calif.
PinnacleHealth | Harrisburg, Pa.
Providence Holy Family Hospital | Spokane, Wash.
Providence Mount Carmel Hospital | Colville, Wash.
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital | Spokane, Wash.
Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital | Chewelah, Wash.
Pullman (Wash.) Regional Hospital
Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego
Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center | Indianapolis
Riverside Health System | Newport News, Va.
RiverView Health | Crookston, Minn.
Rush Oak Park (Ill.) Hospital
Rush University Medical Center | Chicago
Saint Barnabas Medical Center | Livingston, N.J.
Saint Francis Care | Hartford, Conn.
Saint Luke’s Health System | Kansas City, Mo.
Saint Peter’s University Hospital | New Brunswick, N.J.
Saint Vincent Health Center | Erie, Pa.
Saint Vincent Hospital | Worcester, Mass.
Samaritan Healthcare | Moses Lake, Wash.
Sanford Aberdeen (S.D.) Medical Center
Sanford Medical Center Fargo (N.D.)
Sanford USD Medical Center | Sioux Falls, S.D.
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center | Mattoon, Ill.
Sebasticook Valley Health | Pittsfield, Maine
Sentara Healthcare | Norfolk, Va.
Shands at The University of Florida | Gainesville, Fla.
Sharp HealthCare | San Diego
South Shore Hospital | Weymouth, Mass.
Spooner (Wis.) Health System
St. Vincent’s East | Birmingham, Ala.
St. Charles Health System | Bend, Ore.
St. Clair Hospital | Pittsburgh
St. Dominic–Jackson (Miss.) Memorial Hospital
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland | Pontiac, Mich
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center | Mishawaka, Ind.
St. Joseph’s Healthcare System | Paterson, N.J.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center | Syracuse, N.Y.
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute | Spokane, Wash.
St. Luke’s University Health Network | Bethlehem, Pa.
St. Mary Medical Center | Langhorne, Pa.
St. Vincent’s Birmingham (Ala.)
St. Vincent’s Blount | Oneonta, Ala.
St. Vincent’s St. Clair | Pell City, Ala.
Stanford (Calif.) Hospital and Clinics
Stony Brook University Hospital | Stony Brook, N.Y.
Summa Health System | Akron, Ohio
Sunnyside (Wash.) Community Hospital
Susquehanna Health | Williamsport, Pa.
SwedishAmerican Hospital | Rockford, Ill.
Syosset (N.Y.) Hospital
Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital | Houston
Texas Health Resources | Arlington
ThedaCare | Appleton, Wis.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals | Philadelphia
TMC Healthcare | Tucson, Ariz.
TriHealth | Cincinnati
Trinitas Regional Medical Center | Elizabeth, N.J.
Tripler Army Medical Center | Honolulu
Tri-State Memorial Hospital | Clarkston, Wash.
Truman Medical Centers | Kansas City, Mo.
UCLA Health | Los Angeles
Union Hospital | Terre Haute, Ind.
Union Hospital Clinton (Ind.)
UnityPoint Health | West Des Moines, Iowa
University Health System | San Antonio
University Medical Center | Lubbock, Texas
University of California Davis Health System | Sacramento
University of California, San Diego Health System
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System | Chicago
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics | Iowa City
University of Kansas Hospital | Kansas City
University of Mississippi Medical Center | Jackson
University of Missouri Health Care | Columbia
University of New Mexico Hospitals | Albuquerque
University of Pennsylvania Health System | Philadelphia
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of Virginia Medical Center | Charlottesville
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
UT Southwestern Medical Center | Dallas
UW Health Partners Watertown ( Wis.) Regional Medical Center
UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center | Renton, Wash.
VA Palo Alto (Calif.) Health Care System | Palo Alto, Calif.
Valley Health System | Ridgewood, N.J.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center | Nashville, Tenn.
VA Northern Indiana Health Care System | Fort Wayne
Veterans Health Administration | Washington, D.C.
Vidant Health | Greenville, N.C.
Virginia Mason Medical Center | Seattle
Washington County Hospital & Nursing Home | Chatom, Ala.
Waterbury (Conn.) Hospital
West Jefferson Medical Center | Marrero, La.
West Virginia University Hospitals | Morgantown
Whitman Hospital and Medical Center | Colfax, Wash.
William W. Backus Hospital | Norwich, Conn.
Winthrop-University Hospital | Mineola, N.Y.
Womack Army Medical Center | Fort Bragg, N.C.
Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health System
Health Care's Most Wired Survey also spotlighted the most wired hospital in two other categories: most improved – hospitals that have made the most significant progress – and most wired, small and rural.
Allegiance Health | Jackson, Mich.
Community Hospital | McCook, Neb.
CoxHealth | Springfield, Mo.
Ephraim McDowell Health | Danville, Ky.
Faith Regional Health Services | Norfolk, Neb.
Fort HealthCare | Fort Atkinson, Wis.
Genesis HealthCare System | Zanesville, Ohio
Hancock Regional Hospital | Greenfield, Ind.
Henry County Hospital | Napoleon, Ohio
Holy Family Memorial | Manitowoc, Wis.
Joint Township District Memorial Hospital | St. Marys, Ohio
Lawrence Hospital Center | Bronxville, N.Y.
Mary Greeley Medical Center | Ames, Iowa
Mercy Health System | Janesville, Wis.
Mount Sinai Medical Center | New York
Norman (Okla.) Regional Health System
North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center | Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (N.J.)
Stormont-Vail HeathCare | Topeka, Kan.
Trinity Health | Minot, N.D.
Union Hospital | Dover, Ohio
United Hospital Center | Bridgeport, W.Va.
University of Chicago Medicine
White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital
Most Wired – Small and Rural:
Acadia Hospital | Bangor, Maine
Aroostook Medical Center | Presque Isle, Maine
Broadlawns Medical Center | Des Moines, Iowa
Carson City (Mich.) Hospital
Evergreen (Ala.) Medical Center
Harrisburg (Ill.) Medical Center |
Inland Hospital | Waterville, Maine
Kewanee (Ill.) Hospital
Littleton (N.H.) Regional Healthcare
Magnolia Regional Health Center
Magruder Hospital | Port Clinton, Ohio
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital | Hamilton, Mont.
Mercy Hospital Cadillac (Mich.)
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (Calif.) |
New London (N.H.) Hospital
Pocono Medical Center | East Stroudsburg, Pa.
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center | Charleston, S.C.
Rush Memorial Hospital | Rushville, Ind.
Samaritan Regional Health System | Ashland, Ohio
Southampton (N.Y.) Hospital
St. Elizabeth Hospital | Enumclaw, Wash.
Stone County Medical Center | Mountain View, Ark.
Syringa Hospital & Clinics | Grangeville, Idaho
Thayer County Health Services | Hebron, Neb.
Winona (Minn.) Health
Read the H&HN cover story detailing the "Most Wired" results at www.hhnmag.com.
Erin McCann contributed to this story.
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