UW Hospital and Clinics Named to Most Wired and Most Wireless Lists


Woman working on a palm pilotMADISON - A national magazine has ranked University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics among the nation's top hospitals for its use of information technology to make patient care better, safer and more efficient.


UW Hospital was named to the top 25 list for the "most wired" and "most wireless" hospitals and health systems in the nation, according to the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.


Those named to the list are leaders in implementing new technologies and, more importantly, bringing the benefits to patients.


"These two awards recognize something more significant than having the latest systems and gadgets," said Mike Sauk, vice president and chief information officer for the hospital.  "Entire teams of people - doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other caregivers along with those who specialize in technology - have worked together so that we use technology in a way to improve the care of patients."


The rankings recognize hospitals that deploy information technology in:

  • Clinical quality and safety (electronic health records, computerized entry of doctors' orders, medical imaging)
  • Care continuum (using tools across many different settings, from the physician's office to
    public health surveillance systems)
  • Infrastructure (security and data recovery, wireless networks, etc.)
  • Business administrative management (accounting, managing supplies and inventory,

The listed hospitals are among nearly 1,280 surveyed. Earlier this year, UW Hospital was recognized as having achieved the highest level of electronic-medical records deployment, a designation called HIMSS Stage 7.


Hospitals & Health Networks is the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association.

Date Published: 07/23/2010

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