July 17, 2007 — The nation's 100 Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in four key areas: mortality rates, patient safety measures from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), core measures from Hospital Compare and average length of stay.
Based on analysis of the ninth annual Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study results, hospitals are embracing technology as a key tool for health care quality improvements.
Hospitals investing in quality are also investing in IT. "The Most Wired hospitals are focused on quality," says Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospital & Health Networks. The analysis does not establish a direct causal relationship between technology and outcomes, however, health care organizations are looking to measure trends documenting better outcomes.
Sunny Sanyal, chief operating officer for McKesson Provider Technologies, adds that the strategic use of IT to drive quality and performance is becoming more common. "The use of IT to automate, measure and connect healthcare is clearly helping many organizations to improve their performance," he says. "Looking ahead, we see increased use of analytics and connectivity to drive better outcomes, increased efficiency, greater patient satisfaction and ultimately, a stronger competitive position."
The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation's hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.
Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2007 survey in cooperation with Accenture, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
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