As part of its "Best Hospitals 2013" coverage, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the "Most Connected Hospitals." Minnesota's Mayo Clinic and Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center were among the honorees.
U.S. News & World Report
has published its list of "Most Connected Hospitals
with 156 hospitals making this year's rankings, announced on July 17.
To be considered for the list,
hospitals needed to meet the federal government's guidelines on "meaningful use
" of electronic health records
(EHRs) by July 10.
"This is the first year we've
used hospitals' meaningful-use status in the 'Most Connected Hospitals'
methodology," Steve Sternberg, deputy health rankings editor for U.S.
wrote in an email to eWEEK.
In addition, hospitals were required
to satisfy Stage 6 or Stage 7 criteria from HIMSS Analytics, a division of the
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The stages rank the levels of EHR adoption
with Stage 0 accounting
for no implementation and Stage 7 marking full use of EHRs.
"The hospitals on the 'Most
Connected' list this year lead all others in making the transition to fully
integrated [EHRs]," said Sternberg. "These records can help guide
patient care, give patients access to information they need to make better
decisions, and allow hospitals to better monitor and improve the services they
To be included, hospitals also had
to appear in either the U.S. News
"Best Hospitals" and/or
"Best Children's Hospitals" list or be considered
"high-performing" in at least one medical specialty, according to U.S.
"This year, only 148 of the
4,793 hospitals evaluated by U.S. News
performed well enough to rank in
even one specialty," said Sternberg.
EHR adoption did not play a role in
the selection of overall "Best Hospitals," U.S. News
"Hospitals' adoptions of [EHRs]
isn't a factor in the Best Hospitals 2012-13 rankings," U.S. News
reported. "That's because [EHR] usage, while booming, hasn't been proven
to consistently advance patient care."
Although they haven't
"consistently" advanced care, EHRs could make patients safer and care
more efficient, U.S. News
Among U.S. News
facilities for Stage 7 HIMSS EHR completion were the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester,
Minn., and the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics in Madison, Wis.
Stage 6 mentions included Mount
Sinai Medical Center in New York, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in
Iowa City and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, one area of
the United States in which the health care IT job market is growing, according
to a 2011 report by the Nashville Technology Council
In another ranking of top hospitals
in health care IT, Hospitals & Health Networks
its list of 200 "Most Wired" hospitals
in its July 2012
issue and announced the rankings on July 10.
The purpose of the H&HN
survey was to serve as a "road map" for hospitals on how to integrate
IT systems, according to the publication.
Department of Veterans Affairs
hospital systems were the largest in the survey, particularly VA Region 3,
Office of Information Technology, in Ann Arbor, Mich., with 12,691 beds.
Of the "Most Wired"
hospitals surveyed by H&HN,
93 percent used intrusion-detection
systems to safeguard patient privacy and 74 percent employed automated patient
Health care IT company McKesson and
the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) sponsored