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July 10, 2013- DMC Named MOST WIRED hospital for 7th Consecutive Year
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has been a national leader in transforming patient care and operational efficiencies through IT innovations. These advances continue throughout the system which is why for the 7th consecutive year, DMC has been recognized as one of the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals. The results of the 2013 "Most Wired" Survey were released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The survey awarded 289 hospitals nationwide, out of 659 hospitals and health systems that completed the survey. DMC was one of the two Detroit-based hospitals awarded among the 16 that received the award, statewide.

“DMC began its journey to national status in healthcare IT in 2006, when it was among the first systems to adopt electronic medical record (EMR), and we have achieved many new levels of connectivity since them, including electronic order entry and medication scanning,” said Joe Francis, Chief Information Officer for DMC. “Our effective use of technology has continued to improve patient care and efficiencies every day, which is especially important in this changing healthcare environment. We are very proud to have received this award again.”

Most wired hospitals have to meet specific requirements in each of four focus areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration, i.e. ambulatory, physician, patient and community.  This year two new components were added to the survey- big data analytics (a review of large amounts of data to uncover patterns and correlations) and patient generated data. Experts say big 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.

Hospitals & Health Networks sponsors the annual Most Wired List, which is an industry-standard benchmark study. The survey is designed to measure the level of IT adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems, and is useful tool for hospital and health system leadership to map their IT strategic plans. Health Forum, an American Hospital Association information company, distributes, collects and analyzes the Most Wired data and develops benchmarks that are becoming the industry standard for measuring IT adoption for operational, financial and clinical performance in health care delivery systems.

“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help improve efficiency.”

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