UCSF Medical Center Named One of 2015's 'Most Wired' Hospitals

July 15, 2015
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UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco have been named one of HealthCare's Most Wired for 2015, in recognition of the focus on security and patient engagement through information technology.

Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation's hospitals, according to the results of the 17th annual HealthCare survey released July 9, 2015, by the American Hospital Association's Health Forum and the College of Health Care Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The 2015 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, Inc., is a leading industry barometer that measures information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.

"UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco are honored to receive this prestigious award recognizing them as one of the nation's most wired hospitals," said Mark R. Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. "The UCSF information technology groups that support our complex business and our mission are critical to enabling us to provide health care that meets the needs of patients and their families, now and in the future. The new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, which features some of the world's most leading-edge technology, is a prime example of our IT commitment."

According to Joe R. Bengfort, chief information officer (CIO) of UCSF, the advanced use of electronic health records integrated with new mobile technologies providing clinical communications, alarm management and analytical dashboards has helped UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco care teams collaborate efficiently and stay connected with the patients and each other.

"We commend and congratulate this year's Most Wired hospitals and their CIOs for improving care delivery and outcomes in our nation's hospitals through their creative and revolutionary uses of technology," said CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME CHCIO. "These Most Wired organizations represent excellence in IT leadership on the frontlines of health care transformation."

Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA), said, "At the forefront of the field, these hospitals are setting the bar for protection of patient data through discerning security measures."

Health Care's Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2015, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Network. Respondents completed 741 surveys, representing more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals. Last October, the AHA/Health Forum and CHIME announced the formation of a Most Wired partnership to enhance collaboration between the two organizations in the development and sustainability of the survey, and to collectively help meet the growing demand for useful data on health IT integration.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN.

About UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks as one of the top 10 hospitals in the United States. Recognized for innovative treatments, advanced technology, collaboration among health care professionals and scientists, and a highly compassionate patient care team, UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. The medical center's nationally preeminent programs include children's health, the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women's health and cancer. It operates as a self-supporting enterprise within UCSF and generates its own revenues to cover the operating costs of providing patient care.

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About the American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

The College of Health Care Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior health care IT leaders. With more than 1,500 CIO members and over 150 health care IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and health care in the communities they serve.

About Health Forum
Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability.

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