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VUMC again lauded for innovative technology efforts

Jul. 14, 2016, 9:23 AM

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has once again been named among the nation’s “most-wired” hospitals and health systems for its innovative efforts in medical technology.MW_Winner2016_ColorEPS.eps

The 2016 Health Care’s Most Wired Survey — released this week by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum and published in Hospitals and Health Networks magazine — is an industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals across the nation.

The survey of 680 participants, representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals, examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure; business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration. Most Wired hospitals have met specific requirements and demonstrated advanced capabilities in each of the four core areas.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating more than a decade of being among the most wired health care institutions,” said Kevin Johnson, M.D., M.S., Senior Vice President for Health Information Technology.

“Vanderbilt University Medical Center has always valued what information technology and informatics provide to our patient care mission, in addition to the role of informatics in our research and medical education activities. This award allows us to recognize the efforts of all our faculty and staff who make us a leading innovator in systems that improve health care delivery worldwide.”

Most Wired hospitals are listed in the July issue of Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. The list was ordered alphabetically and rankings were not published.

“The award highlights VUMC’s continued commitment to innovation and transformational clinical systems,” said Ken Letkeman, Chief Information Officer for VUMC. “VUMC was one of the earliest adopters of tools such as computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and electronic medical records. VUMC also benefits from ongoing contributions from the nation’s largest Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI).

“Vanderbilt’s DBMI faculty members, combined with a group of talented developers and domain experts, are engaged in continuous research and development of transformational clinical information system designs. These designs set new standards for new approaches to clinical care,” Letkeman said.

For more information and to see the list of Most Wired hospitals, go to

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