How Can YOU Become One of Health Care's Most Wired?

For the 17th year, H&HN has named the Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems based on the Most Wired Survey. The 2015 survey results build on the analytic structure that was implemented in 2010 after two years of redesign. The methodology sets specific requirements in each of four focus areas. If any of these requirements are not met, the organization does not achieve the Most Wired designation. Thus, an organization may have many advanced capabilities, yet not achieve Most Wired status. The four focus areas are: (1) infrastructure; (2) business and administrative management; (3) clinical quality and safety (inpatient/outpatient hospital); and (4) clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community).

This year, there were additional requirements, many related to meaningful use Stage 2:

  • identity management and access controls
  • CPOE for medication, lab and radiology orders
  • use of assistive technology for five “rights” with point-of-care medication administration systems
  • clinical decision support-enabled drug formulary check and high-priority hospital condition
  • medication reconciliation
  • electronic identification of patient-specific educational resources
  • EHR-generated listing of patients for quality improvement
  • patient portal functionality for access to health information
  • summary care record for transitions of care

This year, 741 hospitals and health systems completed the survey, representing more than 2,213 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals. The number of hospitals and health systems designated as Most Wired is 338 organizations, down
10 percent from last year due to additional requirements. H&HN uses the same criteria to name the Most Improved and the Most Wired–Small and Rural.

From a set of separately submitted essays, a panel of hospital and information technology leaders identifies noteworthy IT projects and names the Innovator Award winners and finalists. IT projects are evaluated on achievement of business objective, creativity and uniqueness of concept, scope of solution and impact on the organization.