The University of Chicago Medicine has been named as one of the American Hospital Association’s Most Wired Hospitals for 2016, as part of its 18th annual Most Wired survey measuring the level of IT adoption in US health systems. UChicago joins its local peers and hundreds of other hospitals around the country as institutions improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient communication with the innovative use of IT.
This year’s survey showed that the leading Most Wired hospitals are using technology to fill gaps in care through telemedicine, provide 24/7 access to services and patient data, expand access to medical specialists, and tackle tough issues like cybercrime, chronic disease prevention and population health.
“Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA in a press release. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely. And, removing policy and other barriers to telehealth will allow even faster adoption of these amazing technologies.”