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Massachusetts facilities pace region on annual Most Wired list

Monday September 10, 2012
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Nine healthcare facilities from Massachusetts were among the New England regional winners named to the 2012 Most Wired hospitals list.

The annual Most Wired survey, released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, recognizes healthcare organizations for IT achievements in infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and the care continuum. The survey also included questions based on concepts of meaningful use.

The Massachusetts honorees were Baystate Health in Springfield, Berkshire Health Systems in Pittsfield, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Childrenís Hospital Boston, Hallmark Health System in Melrose, HealthAlliance Hospitals in Leominster, Lowell General Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester and South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth.

Winners from Connecticut were Hartford Hospital, Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Saint Francis Care in Hartford, William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich and Yale New Haven Health System.

The New Hampshire winners were Elliot Health System in Manchester and Exeter Health Resources.

New London (N.H.) Hospital was selected as one of 25 honorees in the Most Wired — Small and Rural category. Among the 25 facilities recognized as Most Improved was Care New England Health System in Providence, R.I.

Among the Most Wired surveyís findings were that 100% of Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors and 93% of hospitals honored employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to 77% of total responders.

Nearly half of Most Wired hospitals use social media for community outreach and crisis communication compared to one-third of total respondents. The survey asked hospitals and health systems across the U.S. to answer questions regarding IT initiatives.

Respondents completed 662 surveys, representing 1,570 hospitals, or roughly 27% of all U.S. hospitals.

READ THE FULL LIST of winners online at HHNMostWired.com.


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