CHICAGO — Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital have been named one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the nation by Hospitals & Health Networks.
The survey, published in the magazine’s July issue, recognizes hospitals and health systems across the nation for excellence in using clinical information systems to improve patient care. The survey judged organizations’ adoption of technologies that improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster outage.
The 2013 Most Wired survey covered new areas, such as big data analytics and patient generated data. An emerging practice, big data analytics looks at large amounts of data to uncover patterns and correlations. Scenario-planning using this data can help hospitals make better management decisions. Data analytics can also play a role in helping hospitals balance quality of care and cost requirements as the health care environment continues moving toward risk-based reimbursement and evidence-based medicine.
Rush University Medical Center is among the 41 percent of hospitals that offer a patient portal or Web-based solution to meet patients needs. Rush’s patient portal, My Rush, provides personal health and wellness information, including health records and disease and treatment information. Rush University Medical Center also has a mobile application for patients to view their health records and provides free wireless Internet access on its campus.
The Hospitals & Health Networks July cover story detailing the results can be found at www.hhnmag.com.