'Most Wired Hospitals' for 2010 named

By Molly Merrill
01:22 PM

The Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking study, conducted annually by Hospitals and Health Networks, has named the "Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems" for 2010. The survey included new questions about meaningful use.

The survey recognizes organizations for their achievements in four focus areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and the care continuum. Hospitals were awarded under the categories of "25 Most Improved," the "25 Most Wireless" and the "25 Most Wired - Small and Rural" hospitals.

Officials say this year's survey, conducted in cooperation with the American Hospital Association, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), included new and revised questions based on concepts of  meaningful use. Other changes included increased CIO involvement in survey development and use of a transparent scoring methodology, said officials.

According to this year's survey of nearly 1,280 hospitals, represented in 555 submitted surveys, the importance of health information technology and the benefits of its widespread adoption are understood by hospitals, but they still face significant barriers to implementation.

Continued progress for hospitals in patient safety initiatives include:

  • Fifty-one percent of medication orders were done electronically by physicians at Most Wired hospitals, up from 49 percent last year. 
  • Over half (55 percent) of Most Wired hospitals match medication orders at the bedside through bar coding or radio-frequency identification, up from 49 percent in 2009 and from 23 percent five years ago. 
  • Additionally, Most Wired hospitals have made improvements when it comes to sharing information during care transitions.  For example, new medication lists are electronically delivered to caregivers and patients 94 percent of the time when a patient is transferred within the hospital, 98 percent at discharge and 86 percent when transferred to another care setting.

The survey shows the use of electronic medical record functions is still not widespread, even with independent physicians who practice within hospitals.  For Most Wired hospitals, only 43 percent of independent physician practices have the ability to electronically document medical records, 41 percent have computerized physician order entry and 44 percent have decision support.

"The survey results highlight that continued progress is being made but the full potential of health IT has not been met," says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA).  "Hospitals embrace health IT and recognize the many benefits it can provide to patients, but even Most Wired hospitals face barriers to adoption.  We have asked that the federal government stimulate greater adoption by making Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments more widely available to hospitals and physicians so more hospitals can move in this direction."

Gerry McCarthy, vice president of physician solutions at McKesson Corp. says providers need to be strategic about IT deployments. "You can't just start with CPOE as a first step," he says. "The best way to garner physician adoption of CPOE is to ensure that it adds immediate value to their workflow, which involves automating information across foundational care processes first, such as nursing documentation and bar-code medication administration, clinical monitoring and other features." The same type of thoughtful planning should be applied to information exchange, both with physicians and patients, he adds.

The 2010 Winners by State

St. Vincent's – Birmingham: Most Improved
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital: Most Wired and Most Wireless

Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna: Most Wired-Small & Rural

White River Medical Center, Batesville: Most Wired-Small & Rural

Stanford Hospital and Clinics: Most Wired
University of California San Diego Medical Center: Most Wired and Most Wireless

Denver Health and Hospital Authority: Most Wired
Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins: Most Wired and Most Wireless
Greenwich Hospital: Most Wired and Most Wireless
Hartford Hospital: Most Wired
Middlesex Hospital, Middletown: Most Improved
MidState Medical Center, Meriden: Most Wired
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford: Most Improved
Yale-New Haven Hospital: Most Wired and Most Wireless

Emory Healthcare, Atlanta: Most Wired
Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Fayetteville: Most Wired
Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta: Most Wired
WellStar Health System, Marietta: Most Improved
Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah: Most Wired

Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur d'Alene: Most Wired
St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional Medical Center, Twin Falls: Most Wired


Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Schaumburg: Most Wired
Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana: Most Improved
Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood: Most Wired
NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston: Most Wired and Most Wireless
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago: Most Wired
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago: Most Wired and Most Wireless

Bloomington Hospital: Most Improved
Clarian Health, Indianapolis: Most Wired
Community Health Network, Indianapolis: Most Wired
Reid Hospital and Health Care Services, Richmond: Most Wired-Small & Rural
Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis: Most Wired
Union Hospital Clinton: Most Wireless
Union Hospital Terre Haute: Most Wireless

Genesis Health System, Davenport: Most Wired
Henry County Health Center, Mount Pleasant: Most Wired
Iowa Health System, Des Moines: Most Improved
Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids: Most Wired
Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, Mason City: Most Wired-Small & Rural
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City: Most Wired and Most Wireless
Kansas University Hospital Authority, Kansas City: Most Wired

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Ft Campbell: Most Wired-Small & Rural
Norton Healthcare Inc, Louisville: Most Improved
UK HealthCare, Lexington: Most Improved

Opelousas General Health System: Most Improved

Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor: Most Wired


Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis: Most Wired
MedStar Health, Columbia: Most Wired
Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury: Most Improved

Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield: Most Improved
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston: Most Wired
Children's Hospital Boston, Boston: Most Wired
HealthAlliance Hospitals, Inc., Leominster: Most Wireless
Partners HealthCare System, Inc., Boston: Most Wired
UMass Memorial Healthcare, Worcester: Most Wired

Battle Creek Health System: Most Wired
Carson City Hospital: Most Wired-Small & Rural
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, Rochester: Most Wired and Most Wireless
Detroit Medical Center: Most Wired and Most Wireless
Mercy Hospital Cadillac: Most Wired-Small & Rural
Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming: Most Wired
Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, Petoskey: Most Wired-Small & Rural
Otsego Memorial Hospital, Gaylord: Most Wired
Spectrum Health - Grand Rapids Hospitals: Most Improved
VA Medical Center, Battle Creek: Most Wired
Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System: Most Improved

Mayo Clinic, Rochester: Most Wired
Regions Hospital & HealthPartners Medical Group, St. Paul: Most Wired

North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo: Most Wired

Bothwell Regional Health Center, Sedalia: Most Wired
Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar: Most Wired
Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City: Most Wired
Sisters of Mercy Health System, Chesterfield: Most Improved
Skaggs Regional Medical Center, Branson: Most Wired-Small & Rural
St. Peter's Hospital, Helena: Most Wired-Small & Rural

Nemaha County Hospital, Auburn: Most Wired

New Hampshire   
Exeter Health Resources: Most Wired-Small & Rural

New Jersey   
Atlantic Health, Morristown: Most Wired
CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold: Most Wired
Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck: Most Improved
Meridian Health, Neptune City: Most Wired
Valley Hospital, Ridgewood: Most Wired

New Mexico

University of New Mexico Hospitals, Albuquerque: Most Wired   

New York   
Continuum Health Partners Inc., New York City: Most Wired
Department of Veteran Affairs, Albany: Most Wired
Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn: Most Wired
Massena Memorial Hospital: Most Wired
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City: Most Wired and Most Wireless
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx: Most Wired
St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse: Most Wired
Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook: Most Wired

North Carolina   
Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte: Most Wired and Most Wireless
FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Inc., Pinehurst: Most Wired-Small & Rural

North Dakota   

Trinity Hospitals, Minot: Most Wired-Small & Rural

Catholic Healthcare Partners, Cincinnati: Most Improved
Dublin Methodist Hospital: Most Wired-Small & Rural
MedCentral - Shelby Hospital, Shelby: Most Wired-Small & Rural
ProMedica Health System, Toledo: Most Wired
The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati: Most Wired and Most Wireless
Union Hospital, Dover: Most Wired-Small & Rural

Norman Regional Health System: Most Improved
Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Oklahoma City: Most Improved and Most Wireless
Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, Oklahoma City: Most Wireless
Saint Francis Health System, Tulsa: Most Improved

Crozer-Keystone Health System, Springfield    : Most Wired
Doylestown Hospital: Most Wired
Geisinger Health System, Danville: Most Wired
Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown: Most Wired and Most Wireless
Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr: Most Wired
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC): Most Wired

South Carolina    
AnMed Health, Anderson: Most Wired
Beaufort Memorial Hospital: Most Wired-Small & Rural
Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center: Most Wired
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston : Most Improved
Palmetto Health, Columbia: Most Wired

South Dakota    
Avera Health, Sioux Falls: Most Wired and Most Wireless

Covenant Health, Knoxville: Most Wired
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville: Most Wired

Medical Center Hospital, Odessa: Most Improved
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston: Most Wired
Methodist Health System, Dallas: Most Wired
University Health System, San Antonio: Most Wired and Most Wireless

Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City: Most Wired

Carilion Clinic, Roanoke: Most Wired and Most Wireless
Centra, Lynchburg: Most Wired and Most Wireless
Centra Southside Community Hospital, Farmville: Most Wired
Inova Health System, Falls Church: Most Wired
Riverside Health System, Newport News: Most Wired
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk: Most Wired

Deaconess Medical Center – Spokane: Most Wired
Lake Chelan Community Hospital, Chelan: Most Wired-Small & Rural
Mason General Hospital, Shelton: Most Wired
Mid-Valley Hospital, Omak: Most Wired-Small & Rural
MultiCare Health System, Tacoma: Most Wired
Providence Holy Family Hospital, Spokane: Most Wired
Providence Mount Carmel Hospital, Colville: Most Wired-Small & Rural
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital, Spokane: Most Wired
Providence St. Joseph's Hospital, Chewelah: Most Wired-Small & Rural
Pullman Regional Hospital: Most Wired-Small & Rural
Samaritan Healthcare, Moses Lake: Most Wired-Small & Rural
St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, Spokane: Most Wired
Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Spokane Valley: Most Wired
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle: Most Improved
Whitman Hospital & Medical Center, Colfax: Most Wired-Small & Rural

West Virginia    
West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc., Morgantown: Most Improved

Aspirus Wausau Hospital: Most Improved
Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee: Most Wired
Door County Memorial Hospital, Sturgeon Bay: Most Wired-Small & Rural
Ministry St. Clare's Hospital, Weston: Most Wired
Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital, Prairie du Sac: Most Wired and Most Wireless
ThedaCare, Inc, Appleton: Most Wired
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison: Most Wired and Most Wireless
UWHP Watertown Regional Medical Center: Most Wired