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Children's Hospital Colorado Named a 2013 "Most Wired" Hospital

Children's Hospital Colorado has been named a 2013 "Most Wired" hospital by Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN) magazine. This year marks the first time Children's Colorado has been recognized on the "Most Wired" list in the 15-year history of the survey.

"We have achieved 'Most Improved' status in years past, but the 'Most Wired' designation is the top achievement, recognizing everyone here at Children's Colorado - our physicians, nurses, staff as well as our IT teams - who collaborate every day on delivering the technology, data and process solutions that are truly transformative - improving quality, safety and reducing costs," said Mary Anne Leach, CHCIO, senior vice president and chief information officer at Children's Colorado.

Information and technology to improve patient care

Since the survey began, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.

"The 'Most Wired' status has become an industry benchmark, and studies have shown that healthcare organizations receiving this top status also have improved clinical outcomes," Leach said. "The 'Most Wired' award also gets harder every year as the 'bar gets raised' - we will have to keep earning it."

Added Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, "This year's 'Most Wired' organizations exemplify progress through innovation. The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency."

Health Care's Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

Read the July H&HN cover story detailing results.