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UPMC has been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired Advanced” health systems by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN), the journal of the American Hospital Association, continuing the health system’s 18-year run on the annual list.
The survey measures information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide and examines how they are leveraging technology to improve performance and value for patients. The 2016 results are based on a survey completed by almost 750 participants, representing 2,200 hospitals, or almost 40 percent of those in the US
Although UPMC has achieved “Most Wired” recognition for 18 consecutive years, the recently added “Advanced” designation is based on stricter verification procedures and advanced levels of performance across four focus areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration
“This recognition is a testament not only to our information technology team but to our excellent clinicians and business leaders, who play a vital role in ensuring that our use of technology improves the lives of patients and UPMC Health Plan members,” said UPMC Chief Information Officer Ed McCallister. “In this rapidly changing health care landscape, the innovative use of technology is essential to improving quality and lowering costs.”
Over the past five years, UPMC has invested more than $1.5 billion in technology to support clinical excellence and administrative efficiency. UPMC is one of the nation’s earliest and most sophisticated users of electronic medical records (EMRs). More than a dozen UPMC hospitals, as well as UPMC outpatient facilities, are at the highest levels of EMR use, as measured by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics.
The July H&HN cover story detailing Most Wired results is available at www.hhnmag.com.