Nine Missouri hospitals named “most wired” in the U.S.

makethumbnailHospitals and Health Networks have named nine Missouri hospitals among the “most wired” health systems in the country. The annual list includes: Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City; Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar; CoxHealth in Springfield; Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph; Mercy Health in Chesterfield; St. Luke’s Health Systen in Kansas City; SSM Health Care in St. Louis; Truman Medical Center in Kansas City; and University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia.

Citizens Memorial Hospital was also named an H&HN 2014 Innovator Awards Winner for their convergence program, which is a breakthrough clinical platform for physicians.

“Most Wired hospitals also are ramping up activities around patient engagement, which will prove vital in a value-driven health care economy,” H&HN said on their website. “The focus isn’t just on kiosks and electronic bill pay, although those aren’t insignificant. Rather, there’s considerable activity around all aspects of patient engagement, including chronic disease monitoring and mobile health applications.”

The H&HN list of most wired hospitals and health systems is based on their Most Wired Survey, which focuses on four areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety (inpatient/outpatient hospital); clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community). According to H&HN, these benchmarks are becoming the industry standard for measuring IT adoption for operational, financial and clinical performance in health care delivery systems.

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