The 47 hospitals below just garnered double distinctions. First, they were listed among America's Best Hospitals, U.S. News & World Report's ranking of hospitals based on their expertise, their ability to save lives, their reputation among specialists, their commitment to nursing excellence, and several other factors. They also made the "100 Most Wired, " a list of hospitals and health systems with the most complete information technology compiled by Hospitals & Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association.
What does it mean to be most wired? About 1,200 hospitals were surveyed, and the 100 finalists made the most use of it in five different areas:
SAFETY AND QUALITY. Reducing errors in prescribing medications, providing clinicians with patients' electronic health records, monitoring changes in patients' conditions and providing real-time alerts to staff, and more.
CUSTOMER SERVICE. This involves services such as preregistering patients and helping them research health problems.
BUSINESS. Buying supplies and conducting financial transactions with insurance companies are part of this area.
WORKFORCE. Training physicians and other clinicians, and measuring staff performance, among other things.
PUBLIC HEALTH. Participating in health cooperatives, using security measures to safeguard patient confidentiality, and monitoring and improving specific clinical practices.