The University of Chicago Medicine has been named one of the American Hospital Association’s Most Wired Hospitals for 2017, as part of its annual survey measuring the level of IT adoption in US health systems. It joins 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 recognized hospitals using information technology to improve patient engagement and safety, provide value-based care, and drive performance improvements throughout their health systems.
Heather Nelson, Executive Director of Application Systems at UChicago Medicine, said the medical center’s continuing innovation with the GetWellNetwork and Epic electronic health record system were key to engaging with patients, providing health care education, and coordinating communications with care teams. As the medical center expands beyond its Hyde Park campus to develop a clinically integrated network, it will look to increase use of telehealth tools to collaborate with partners and offsite providers throughout the region.
“Having an integrated platform that takes into consideration all the care team needs—at the bedside, in the clinic, in a post-acute care facility, or in the patient’s home—is critical for executing a population health strategy,” Nelson said. “While there may not be a single solution, starting with an EHR platform that is scalable and has tools that care teams can use to care for patient populations has been an important investment for us.”
This is the second year in a row UChicago Medicine has been named to the Most Wired list. In 2014, it was also named to the AHA’s Most Improved group of hospitals.