COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care has been recognized for the second consecutive year as one of the nation’s Most Wired health systems according to the 2012 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of the American Hospital Association’s “Hospitals & Health Networks” magazine.
The survey 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.
“We are building an information technology infrastructure to provide our practitioners and administrators with the tools they need to advance patient safety and care, while improving how we deliver that care,” said Jim Ross, chief executive officer of MU Health Care. “Receiving this award for two years straight not only recognizes our progress in the use of information technology but also shows us how we compare to other organizations across the country in this area.”
During the past few years, MU Health Care has implemented numerous improvements to its electronic medical record. For example, in June 2010, MU Health Care began using a bar-coding system with unique bar codes for patients, medications and nurses. Bar codes are scanned to ensure that correct medication is provided at the right time, in the right dose and to the right patient. In December 2010, MU Health Care introduced a computerized provider order entry system, which allows physicians to enter medication orders directly into a computer, eliminating the potential for misreading handwriting on paper orders.
“Quality, safety and efficiency are key factors for using information technologies such as electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry systems in the health care environment,” said Joanne Burns, chief information officer at MU Health Care. “The Most Wired award is validation that our efforts to build an IT infrastructure are paying off.”
For the past 14 years 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.
University of Missouri Health Care was one of only five hospitals in the state to receive the Most Wired distinction for the 2012 survey.