For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Health System has earned “Most Wired” status as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology. The accomplishment is based on results of a national survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.
The 16th annual assessment considers how hospitals use information technology to address and enhance patient safety, quality of care, public health, administrative processes and workforce decisions. This year, 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all hospitals in the nation, were represented in the survey.
“UC Davis Health System has made excellence in clinical software technology and infrastructure a top priority because it is an important foundation that enables UC Davis clinicians to deliver high-quality care to our patients,” said Michael Minear, chief information officer for the health system.
Last fall, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society awarded UCD one of its 2013 Davies Enterprise Awards of Excellence for distinction in the use of health information technology. The university earned the award in part for implementing a sophisticated, accredited electronic medical records system used to improve quality of care and patient safety that extends well beyond the medical center.
HIMSS noted that UCD has exchanged 3.7 million patient records of different types with non-affiliated health providers in the community and region since 2008.
“We focus on criteria used by the Most Wired award because they focus on technologies and practices that support clinicians and patients,” Minear said.
UCD is one of just 17 institutions in California to receive the Most Wired award this year.