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Among Health Care’s Most Wired
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.
& 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
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
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.