July 21, 2011

VUMC again named among nation’s top technology users

VUMC again named among nation’s top technology users

Vanderbilt University Medical Center's technological savvy continues to garner national acclaim, as evidenced by the institution once again being named among the nation's 100 “most wired” hospitals and health systems.

The 2011 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study was conducted by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine, Accenture, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Vanderbilt has been included in the list.

Bill Stead, M.D., associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Strategy and Information Officer, said the listing affirms Vanderbilt’s role as a national leader in creating, implementing and using cutting-edge medical information technology.

“The partnership among clinicians, operations and informatics is what makes Vanderbilt unique. Our efforts to do what is right for our patients by exceeding the federal meaningful use standard for health care IT will take this partnership to a new level. We are committed to finding the combination of process and technology that works for our busy clinicians,” Stead said.

All U.S. hospitals are eligible to participate in the annual survey. Respondents fill in a questionnaire about their use of information technology to support safety and quality, customer service, public health, business processes and the hospital workforce.

The 100 top scorers were listed alphabetically in the July issue of Hospitals and Health Networks.

According to the survey report, the nation's 100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems have better outcomes than other hospitals on four key measures — mortality rates, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's patient safety measures, the Hospital Compare's Core Measures and average length of stay.