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Benchmarking against “Most Wired” hospitals

The results of the 2011 Most Wired survey are now available with hospitals designated as most wired, most improved, or small and rural most wired.  There’s also the Innovator Award winners and finalists – IT projects that have been evaluated on achievement of business objectives, creativity/uniqueness of concept, scope of solution, and impact on organization.  The narrative piece of the article describes the results of the survey, both in terms of the current data and comparing the current results with previous surveys.  Sidebars include data summaries on a variety of specific topics:

  • security technologies used to protect hospital information – almost everyone uses firewall, but only 59% of Most Wired hospitals use tape encryption
  • time needed to recover clinical data after a data center disaster – 51% of Most Wired hospitals take less than 4 hours; 2% of all hospitals need more than a month
  • matching medical orders electronically – bar coding or RFID used 54% of the time; biometrics not so much
  • patient demographics data entry
  • patient documentation completeness (medication lists, allergy lists, current diagnoses, etc.)
  • digital radiology integration
  • revenue-cycle validation activities using automated routines and/or software
  • electronic exchange of patient information among providers

Source: Weinstock, Mathew, and Hoppszallern, Suzanna.  Health care’s Most Wired 2011.  Hospitals & Health Networks.  85(7):26-37, July 2011.   http://www.hhnmag.com/hhnmag_app/gateFold/pages/JULY11.jsp

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