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Loyola Among Health Care’s Most Wired

Loyola University Medical Center continues to be among the most high-tech hospitals in the country, according to a recent ranking of the nation's 100 "Most Wired" by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. This is the fourth year LUMC has been ranked.

Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, teaming with Accenture, CHIME and IDX Systems Corp. to poll hospitals and health systems on their use of Internet-based technologies to connect with five groups: patients, doctors and nurses, employees, suppliers, and health plans.

One goal of the project is to use the 100 Most Wired as a benchmark group to get a picture of the investment and use of information technology in health care. The 2005 Most Wired data show three significant differences in how hospitals apply and use information technology to improve care:

  • Most Wired hospitals use a wider array of IT tools to address quality and safety than other organizations, including: computerized physician order entry, bedside electronic medication matching, automated alerts and reminders, physician portals and electronic patient surveillance.

  • Among the Most Wired, significantly larger percentages of physicians enter orders themselves, compared with other organizations.

  • The Most Wired conduct a larger percentage of clinical transactions—the number of doses ordered and the number medications matched to the patient—via information technology.

According to an outcomes analysis conducted for the magazine by Solucient, the 100 Most Wired hospitals have, on average, risk-adjusted mortality rates that are 7.2 percent lower than other hospitals, even after controlling for the size of the hospital and teaching status. - Maywood, IL