COLUMBIA, Mo. - For the third consecutive year, University of Missouri Health Care has been recognized as one of the nation's "Most Wired" health systems for its advanced health care information technology.
MU Health Care's selection as one of the Most Wired hospitals and health systems was announced in the July issue of the American Hospital Association's "Hospitals & Health Networks" magazine.
The 2013 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 their implementation of new technology as standards for use of health care IT rise each year.
"Receiving this award for the third straight year shows our focus on using high-tech innovation to provide the most state-of-the-art patient care," said Mitch Wasden, chief executive officer and chief operating officer of MU Health Care. "We are proving ourselves to be a national leader in health care technology with advances such as our HIMSS Stage 7 electronic medical record, which provides doctors and nurses with instant access to their patients' up-to-the-minute medical records, and smart room technology to improve the patient experience."
During the past few years, MU Health Care has implemented numerous improvements to its electronic medical record. In March 2013, MU Health Care opened 90 new smart rooms in its new patient care tower, each with technology designed to integrate directly with the health system¹s electronic medical record (EMR), such as vital signs machines that wirelessly upload data to the EMR in real time.
The 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.
"Our aim is to create a high-tech, high-touch environment," said Bryan Bliven, interim chief information officer at MU Health Care and executive director of the Tiger Institute. "By integrating technology into health care, we can free clinicians to spend more time at the bedside caring for their patients, and less time writing notes and flipping through patient charts."
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 10 hospitals in the state to receive the Most Wired distinction in the 2013 survey.