For the eighth year, Hospitals & Health Networks has named the 100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems. The list, which appeared in the magazine's July issue, was based on the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, which asked hospitals to report on how they use information technology to address five key areas: safety and quality, customer service, business processes, workforce, and public health and safety.
The results were based on the 541 completed surveys representing 1,217 U.S. hospitals (roughly 21 percent of the nation's total hospitals). Responses represented projects implemented as of March 1, 2006.
Compared with other organizations, the Most Wired hospitals:
· Conduct more pre-and post-implementation evaluations of IT projects.
· Maintain a larger proportion of their medical records in paperless format.
· Provide digital imaging to more clinical disciplines in a wider ranger of settings.
· Employ a broader set of telemedicine services.
· Deploy more IT educational resources for staff.
The results are the basis of several awards:
· Most Wired: The 100 organizations scoring highest on the survey
· Most Wireless: The 25 organizations scoring highest on the survey questions focused on wireless applications
· Most Improved: The 25 organizations not appearing on the Most Wired list whose score improved the most from 2004 to 2005
· Most Wired–Small and Rural: The 25 small and rural organizations not appearing on the Most Wired list that scored highest on the survey
The 2006 survey was made possible through a partnership among Accenture, AHA, CHIME, H&HN and McKesson. For more information or to view the original article, please visit Hospitals & Health Networks online at www.hhnmag.com
Covenant Health, Knoxville: Most Wired
Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Greeneville: Most Wired–Small and Rural
Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville: Most Wired