UPMC Named ‘Most Wired’ Hospital in Nation for 17 Consecutive Years
PITTSBURGH, July 10, 2015 – For the 17th consecutive year, UPMC has been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health systems by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN), the journal of the American Hospital Association. The annual survey is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide and examines how they are leveraging technology to improve performance and value for patients.
Kane Community Hospital, affiliated with UPMC Hamot in Erie, was recognized with the “Most Wired—Small and Rural” award for the eighth time.
Most Wired hospitals meet rigorous criteria across four operational categories: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. The 2015 results are based on a survey completed by almost 750 participants, representing 2,200 hospitals, or almost 40 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
“This continued recognition reflects UPMC’s commitment to improving the quality and lowering the cost of care by applying and developing innovative information technology,” said UPMC Chief Information Officer Ed McCallister. “As the health care landscape shifts from volume to value, our technology investments are more critical than ever for serving the needs of our patients and clinicians.”
Over the past five years, UPMC has invested more than $1.5 billion in technology to support clinical excellence and administrative efficiency. UPMC is one of the nation’s earliest and most sophisticated users of electronic medical records (EMRs). More than a dozen UPMC hospitals, as well as UPMC outpatient facilities, are at the highest levels of EMR use, as measured by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics.
The July H&HN cover story detailing Most Wired results is available at www.hhnmag.com.