UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center Named 2013 Most Wired

Valley Medical Center has been named among the nation’s most wired hospitals, according to Health Care’s Most Wired 2013 survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association.

“Valley Medical Center views information technology as a strategic asset and key enabler supporting our delivery of high quality health care, and it’s truly an honor to be recognized nationally for our efforts,” said Rand Strobel, vice president and chief information officer at UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center. “Being included on this list affirms the hard work of our team and demonstrates Valley’s commitment as a technology leader in the health care industry. Achieving this state of technology readiness and how it impacts our ability to provide high-quality care for the people we serve is something we’re extremely proud of.”

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired survey. In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.

“The concept of health information exchange is absolutely correct. We need to do it and do it in a robust, refined way,” said Russell P. Branzell, president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. “The answer here is standards, standards, standards. We need to standardize the entire process, which we’ve done in almost every other business sector.”

The 2013 Most Wired Survey also covered some new areas such as big data analytics and patient generated data. An emerging practice, big data analytics looks at large amounts of data to uncover patterns and correlations.

“Meaningful use has been a top priority for CIOs and hospital executives, but understanding all of the data will be critical as new relationships continue to evolve,” says Rose Higgins, vice president, strategic solutions, RelayHealth, McKesson’s connectivity business unit. “Data analytics will be essential to helping hospitals balance quality of care and cost requirements in a new environment of risk-based reimbursement and evidence-based medicine.”