For the third year in a row, the American Hospital Association has named MU Health Care as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the country.
The recognition is given to hospitals that work to adopt the newest health-care information technology. Spokesperson Bryan Bliven says as the technology continues to evolve, the benchmarks of the Most Wired list changes every year.
“The gait is always rising,” Bliven says. “It’s very good to keep the designation and it’s a challenge each year and we’re really happy to meet it for the third year in a row.”
Bliven says to be considered for the designations, hospitals must fill out surveys about their entire IT system, from the program that keeps track of supply chains, to the electronic medical records that keep patient data. Bliven says the survey also includes research questions about where the health IT field is going.
“So it’s a very useful tool for us to look and measure what types of questions are out there, what are the research questions so that we can begin to use that information to learn about new technologies,” Bliven says.
The hospital is one of 10 in the state to receive the designation this year.