Twenty New England hospitals and health systems in the region have been named Most Wired organizations of 2014 by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The annual Most Wired survey measures the level of information technology adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems.
This years honorees include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston; Boston Children’s Hospital; Bristol (Conn.) Hospital; Concord (N.H.) Hospital; Danbury (Conn.) Hospital; Elliot Health System, Manchester, N.H.; Exeter (N.H.) Health Resources; Hallmark Health System, Melrose, Mass.; Hartford (Conn.) Hospital; HealthAlliance, Leominster, Mass.; Lowell (Mass.) General Hospital; Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, Conn; Midstate Medical Center, Meriden, Conn.; New London (N.H.) Hospital; Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital; Saint Francis Care, Hartford, Conn.; South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, Mass.; Waterbury (Conn.) Hospital; William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich, Conn.; and Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health System.
In addition, Littleton (N.H.) Regional Healthcare was selected in the Most Wired Small and Rural category.
Most Wired health organizations leverage the adoption and use of health IT to improve performance in a number of areas, according to a news release. This includes adopting technologies to 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 or outage.
The 16th annual Most Wired list was compiled through an in-depth survey that looked at overall technology infrastructure at health systems nationwide, including items such as security tools, to be sure that the day-to-day basic needs of their facilities are being met. The survey also included detailed information about the integration of an organizations systems and whether they can accommodate the increasing demand for electronic health information sharing.
In addition, Most Wired hospitals are moving deeper into analytics and population health management, according to the Hospitals & Health Networks website. Among hospitals on the 2014 list, 36% conduct controlled experiments or scenario planning to make better management decisions and to do forecasting, according to the 2014 Most Wired Survey. The percentage drops to 27% for all respondents. Additionally, 61% of Most Wired hospitals, compared with 49% of all respondents, use predictive modeling and data to improve decisionmaking across multiple departments.
We see leaders thinking about business intelligence tools, Chantal Worzala, director of policy at the American Hospital Association, said in a news release. We also see consistency among hospitals delivering quality metrics to clinicians, The question is, Can we give them time to build out better analytical tools?