MidState Medical Center Named Most Wired Hospital in the Nation for Fourth Consecutive Year

July 25, 2013

For the fourth consecutive year in a row, MidState Medical Center is pleased to announce it has been named one of the Most Wired hospitals in the nation by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association.

MidState has been participating in the Most Wired survey for over five years. The survey is administered in cooperation with the American Hospital Association, McKesson Corp., and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

What makes a Most Wired hospital different? Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures. More than 1,500 hospitals completed the Most Wired survey, which focuses on how hospitals use information technology (IT) to improve quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes, and workforce issues. According to the survey results, Most Wired hospitals "leverage the adoption and use of health information technology to improve performance in a number of areas." They are "focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data and optimizes patient flow and communications."

In addition:

  • 71% of the "Most Wired" hospitals use electronic disease registries to identify and manage gaps in care across a population, compared with 51% of all surveyed hospitals
  • 68% electronically manage care transitions, compared to 50% of all surveyed hospitals
  • 66% share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals
  • More than 40% of the "Most Wired" hospitals provide a patient portal or Web-based tool for patient-generated data

"These accomplishments are especially important because they align with the government's current objectives for 'meaningful use' in the field of information technology. By aligning with the 'meaningful use' objectives, we can ensure that MidState is following best practices when it comes to information technology in health care, practices that ultimately benefit the quality and safe care of our patients," said director of Information Services, Jennifer Comerford.

This accomplishment is featured in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

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