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Wired and Wireless Hospitals Step to the Fore


 

Hospitals and Health Networks in July presented its 16th annual list of Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems. Rigorous criteria were used to identify 375 hospitals that use technology to link up disparate care providers and patients. "Most Wired" hospitals are more likely to share critical information electronically with specialists, to use bar codes for matching medications to patients at the bedside, to use IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors, to better manage care transitions, and to adopt and meaningfully use certified electronic health records.

Meanwhile, Eric Wicklund, editor of mHealth News, called for nominations of the best wireless hospitals, which are moving toward a wireless landscape for mobile health technology and engaging an ever more connected consumer population.

“I’ve already got a few on my own list,” he writes, asking his readers to submit examples of programs and projects that are doing it right and using mobile health to make a difference.

MHADegree.org, a resource for students and professionals in health administration, named the top 50 most social media-friendly hospitals for 2013, led by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

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