Skip to Content

View Additional Section Content

Published on July 06, 2016

Six Years and Counting: MU Health Care Named a ‘Most Wired’ Health System

Mitch Wasden

Mitch Wasden, chief executive officer of MU Health Care

University of Missouri Health Care has been recognized for the sixth consecutive year as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health systems, according to the 2016 Most Wired Survey. The survey was released today, July 6, by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.

Most Wired hospitals are determined by the annual Most Wired Survey, which recognizes top hospitals and health systems in the country that make 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 Most Wired designation, hospitals must make continuous advancements in the implementation of new technology.

“We’re committed to providing the best care possible through health information technology,” said Mitch Wasden, chief executive officer of MU Health Care. “We recognize that patients desire an electronic connection to their health care provider, and we’re creating options to allow patients to receive the care they need when and how they want. Becoming a Most Wired health system for the sixth straight year reinforces our dedication to improving the patient experience through technology.”

Most Wired hospitals use technology to engage with patients with their lifestyles in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team. MU Health Care patients can manage appointments, securely message providers, request prescription refills, access immunization history and more through the MU Healthe patient portal. Additionally, the portal gives patients the ability to view physician notes online after a visit. The notes include clinical observations, diagnostic test results and other details of a patient’s care.

In October 2015, MU Health Care received the global HIMSS Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for health care technology innovations to improve patient outcomes. The award represents the highest level of achievement in electronic medical records excellence offered by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Also in October, MU Health Care was named one of two health systems in Missouri to make the 2015-2016 “Most Connected Hospital” list by U.S. News and World Report for using health information innovations to improve patient care.

Bryan Bliven

Bryan Bliven, chief information officer at MU Health Care and executive director of the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation

In August 2014, MU Health Care became the first academic medical center and the ninth health system in the country to meet federal Stage 2 “meaningful use” standards for its adoption of medical information technology to improve patient care. MU Health Care also has been recognized for its adoption of electronic medical records, having achieved Stage 7 of the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model — the highest level of EMR implementation set by HIMSS Analytics.

“Patients truly are at the center of our information technology solutions,” said Bryan Bliven, chief information officer at MU Health Care and executive director of the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation. “The health and safety of our patients is our top priority, and we’re honored to be able to improve care through technology. With innovations such as our positive identification solutions, we’re ensuring that patients receive the best and most efficient care possible.”

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.

Click here for high-resolution photos associated with this release.