For the sixth time in as many years, the UC Davis Medical Center has earned the “Most Wired” designation as one of the nation’s top leaders in information technology. The 2016 award is based on a national survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association.
The annual assessment looks at how hospitals use information technology to complement their patient safety and quality-of-care priorities as well as their public health, administrative processes and workforce decisions. For this year’s awards, 680 hospitals and health systems participated in the survey, representing more than 2,100 hospitals, which is nearly 34 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
This year’s designation follows numerous other IT awards honoring the university’s clinical and research enterprise on its Sacramento campus, including “Most Connected Hospitals” designation for 2015-2016 by U.S. News & World Report. In 2013, UC Davis received a Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence for distinction from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society for its early adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and associated technologies to improve clinical quality and cost efficiency.
“UC Davis has realized significant returns on its clinical-technology investments,” said John Cook, interim chief information officer for the UC Davis Health System. “There have been savings gained and costs avoided over the past few years, and similar benefits are expected in the coming years because of UC Davis’ EHR and related technologies.”
With a fully deployed EHR used to support and provide all types of clinical care, UC Davis Health System has launched a number of innovative quality-improvement programs that were not possible prior to the arrival of this modern EHR platform. One example was a special project to address sepsis, a serious complication from infection that requires hospitalization for more than a million people a year. A multi-disciplinary group at the medical center created a new clinical workflow and changes in the electronic health records system — based on evidence-based best clinical practices — that enabled clinicians to better control sepsis infections. Additionally, routine information available in a patient’s EHR has significantly reduced ICU ventilator-associated pneumonia rates and ICU central line bloodstream infection rates as well.
“By continuing to embrace new technology, we have made tremendous advancements in improving both cost and clinical workflow efficiencies,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center. “UC Davis Medical Center’s ongoing recognition as one of the country’s ‘Most Wired’ hospitals clearly reflects our commitment to deploying cutting-edge information technology and the adoption of best practices to provide the very best in patient care.”
UC Davis is one of just 17 institutions in California to receive the Most Wired award this year. The honor will be formally presented at the annual Health Forum and American Hospital Association Leadership Summit July 17-19 in San Diego.
Background on Most Wired
Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association, compiles its “Most Wired” list annually using survey results from hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. Participating organizations are surveyed for use of IT in four focus areas: Infrastructure; Business and Administrative Management; Clinical Quality and Safety (inpatient/outpatient hospital); and Care Continuum (ambulatory/physician/community). Organizations whose responses reflect core development across all four areas are designated as “Most Wired.” A full list of award winners can be found online at www.hhnmag.com.