7/10/2013 – NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals for the tenth consecutive year, according to the 2013 Most Wired Survey released Wednesday by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Most Wired recipient for the tenth straight year and very proud of this achievement,” said NorthShore Chief Information Officer Steven Smith.  “We continue to strive for excellence in Health Information Technology to ensure we have the best systems and processes in place, all in the name of providing exceptional care for our patients.”

In addition to implementing strategies to reduce medication errors, the 2013 Most Wired hospitals and health systems have "focused on adopting HIT that protects patient data and optimizes patient flow and communications," according to the survey.  Among some of the key findings:

  • Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results when only 27 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 12 percent of all hospitals responded, “Yes.”
  • Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders.

The 2013 Most Wired Survey also covered some 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.  

  • 32 percent of Most Wired hospitals conduct controlled experiments or scenario-planning to make better management decisions.
  • 41 percent of Most Wired hospitals provide a patient portal or Web-based solution for patient-generated data.               

“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association.  “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”

The 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 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

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