Detroit Medical Center Named One of 2014's Most Wired Hospitals

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DETROIT — The Detroit Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals, according to a survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.

The 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

“DMC was among the first systems to adopt electronic medical records in 2006, and we have achieved many new levels of connectivity since then, including electronic order entry and medication scanning to improve efficiency in patient care,” said Joe Francis, DMC’s CIO. 

“Most Wired” hospitals, those that meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories, have made tremendous gains by using IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors. Among the hospitals selected, 81 percent of medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via bar code technology at the bedside.

Nearly all participants in the survey have an established health IT project governance process and evaluate existing workflow processes and desired outcomes.

The survey also covered the evolution of new models and payment from the IT perspective. As health care delivery moves to a value-based system, it will require more and better use of data analytics, care coordination, and population health management, say health officials.

The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at hhnmag.com.

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