Hospitals & Health Networks has come out with its 2015 Most Wired list, and a number of New Jersey hospitals and health care systems made the grade.
A total of 741 hospitals and health systems completed the survey, covering 2,213 hospitals overall. Hospitals & Health Networks said that put the participation rate at nearly 40 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
Hospitals & Health Networks said 338 organizations earned Most Wired status, down 10 percent from the previous year due to additional requirements in this year’s study.
“Organizations on the 2015 Most Wired list are extending the use of IT systems outside the hospital’s four walls, including connecting directly with patients,” Hospitals & Health Networks said in its article accompanying the list. “In fact, improvement in patient engagement — in its many forms — stands out in this year’s survey.
“More than two-thirds of the Most Wired extend the care environment to the patient and family via the Internet, providing education about his or her condition and allowing for e-visits with the care team, among other things. This dovetails nicely with efforts to improve population health.”
For its 17th annual survey, the magazine required hospitals to meet requirements in four specific areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety; and clinical integration. In addition, they had to meet additional requirements new for 2015, including identity management and access controls; medication reconciliation; and others.
Some systems were rated as Most Wired as a group, while others saw each individual hospital earning the honor on its own.
The New Jersey hospitals and health systems that were named Most Wired are:
In addition, University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, in Plainsboro, made the separate ranking of the Most Improved hospitals.
No New Jersey hospitals made either the Most Wired Advanced list — which had only six members — or the Most Wired — Small and Rural list.
For the complete list of Most Wired hospitals, click here.
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