CHICAGO — Rush University Medical Center has been named one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the nation by Hospitals & Health Networks for the 12th straight year.
The survey, published in the magazine’s July issue, recognizes 215 hospitals and health systems for excellence in integrating health information technology to improve patient safety, care quality and overall efficiency. Scores were based on an organization’s achievements in four focus areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety; and clinical integration. Those named to the ‘Most Wireless Hospitals’ had the highest uptake of wireless applications.
According to the survey, 93 percent of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, 74 percent use automated patient flow systems, 90 percent use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies and all Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors
In June 2009, medical records at Rush became fully electronic, allowing physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team to review and document every aspect of the patient online — from medical histories, clinical notes and physician orders to diagnostic tests and prescriptions. Over the past two years, Rush has expanded the use of its electronic health record beyond the hospital setting to primary care and specialty ambulatory physician offices. In April, Rush was among the few institutions in the country that were able to attest to meeting all of the objectives required by the federal government to demonstrate meaningful use of an electronic health record.
Of note, nearly half of Most Wired hospitals use social media for community outreach and crisis communication compared to one-third of total respondents. More than 25 percent offer care management messages and chats with physicians.
The Hospitals & Health Networks July cover story detailing the results can be found at www.hhnmag.com.