– Over 100 Best Hospitals are early adopters of electronic medical records –
We live in a digital age. We use electronic systems to connect with others, to entertain ourselves, and to compare the quality of myriad goods and services, including hospital care.
Yet inside the walls of many hospitals, doctors and nurses still rely on reams of paper charts and antiquated systems to track patient health, order tests and treatments, and perform other essential duties. While many of these professionals provide quality medical care, they do so without the use of a suite of technologies broadly known as electronic medical records, or EMR’s, that could make patients safer and their care more efficient.
By contrast, a relatively small number of hospitals have readily embraced EMR’s and use them to connect healthcare providers to one another and to the information each needs to do his or her job.
An even smaller subset of those hospitals also succeed in delivering the superior care that U.S. News recognizes in its Best Hospitals. U.S. News developed Most Connected Hospitals to highlight that group of institutions, which are both digitally forward and clinically excellent.
U.S. News defines a hospital as Most Connected if that hospital or if a major unit, such as a children’s hospital within the larger institution, has met twin standards: achieving Stage 6 or 7 of EMR adoption and earning either a national Best Hospital or Best Children’s Hospital ranking or a high-performing designation in one or more medical specialties.
In an exclusive arrangement, this inaugural list of Most Connected Hospitals is being sponsored by Dell.
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