Advocate Health Care Named One of the Nation’s Most Wired for Tenth Straight Year

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Nation’s Most Wired Hospitals Improve Efficiency with Health Information Technology

“We are making the most of our technology to help achieve the best possible health outcomes for the patients we are privileged to serve,” said Bruce Smith, senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer at Advocate Health Care.

For the tenth year-in-a-row, Advocate Health Care, one of the nation’s top health systems, has been recognized as one of America’s most wired health systems according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey. Winners were announced in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The nation’s Most Wired hospitals are making the most efficient use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas, according to the survey. Hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data and optimizes patient flow and communications.

“We are making the most of our technology to help achieve the best possible health outcomes for the patients we are privileged to serve,” said Bruce Smith, senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer at Advocate Health Care. “We are honored to be recognized for the tenth year in a row.”

The Hospitals & Health Networks’ Most Wired surveyed more than 1,570 hospitals, or roughly 27 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

Among the key findings this year:

  • Ninety-three percent of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to seventy-seven percent of the total responders.
  • Seventy-four percent of Most Wired hospitals and fifty-seven percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems.
  • Ninety percent of Most Wired hospitals and seventy three percent of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.
  • One hundred percent of Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors

“As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). “Hospitals receiving Most Wired recognition are truly representative of our nation's hospitals and systems – rural and urban, small and large, teaching and non-teaching, and critical access hospitals geographically dispersed.”

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