July 8, 2010

VUMC named among most savvy users of technology

VUMC named among most savvy users of technology

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has once again been named among the nation's 100 “most-wired” hospitals and health systems for its innovative efforts in medical technology.

The 2010 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 sixth 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, is pleased that Vanderbilt continues to be recognized as a leader among academic health centers in the creation and use of medical information technology.

“This survey looks at our use of information technology for all aspects of the clinical enterprise, from finance and supply chain to direct clinical care. This recognition reflects the strong partnership among the clinical, operational and informatics leadership,” 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 in the July issue of Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. The list was ordered alphabetically and rankings were not published.

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.