COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health systems, according to the 2014 Most Wired Survey. The survey was released in the July issue of the American Hospital Association’s “Hospitals & Health Networks” magazine.
Most Wired hospitals were determined by the annual Most Wired Survey, which recognizes top hospitals in the country that are making progress in the adoption of health information technology specific to the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. To achieve the Most Wired designation, hospitals must make continuous advancements in the implementation of new technology.
“As a health care system, we strongly believe that technology can help us better engage patients in their care and improve their health,” said Mitch Wasden, chief executive officer and chief operating officer of MU Health Care. “The bar is raised each year, and we are honored to once again be recognized for our continued commitment to improving patient care through the use of advanced medical technology.”
MU Health Care has made multiple improvements to its information technology infrastructure in recent years. MU Health Care is one of only two health systems in Missouri to be awarded HIMMS Analytics’ Stage 7 designation for advanced electronic medical records, the most advanced level of electronic medical records. MU Health Care’s online patient portal, MU Healthe, offers patients the ability to schedule appointments and communicate with health care providers online.
In 2013, MU Health Care opened 90 new “smart” rooms in its addition to University Hospital, each with technology designed to integrate directly with the health system’s electronic medical record. The new tower also incorporates technology developed at MU Health Care by Cerner and the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, such as the Always-on Flow Sheet in intensive care unit rooms. The Always-on Flow Sheet displays a patient’s vital signs for the past 30 hours on a flat-screen monitor above the patient’s bed, giving health care professionals the information they need the moment they walk into the room.
“MU Health Care has made a major investment in medical information technology over the last several years,” said Bryan Bliven, chief information officer at MU Health Care and executive director of the Tiger Institute. “From the time the foundation was poured for the new addition to University Hospital, technology integration throughout the entire system has been a focus. This technology frees our clinicians to spend more time caring for patients and less time writing notes and flipping through patient charts.”
The “Hospitals & Health Networks” Most Wired Survey annually asks leaders of hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their information technology initiatives. Every hospital in the U.S. is invited to participate in the survey.