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Medical center named a Most Wired hospital for second consecutive year

MUSC is one of 289 hospitals and health systems in the country to receive the Most Wired designation from Hospitals & Health Networks.

The Most Wired survey, an industry-standard benchmark study, measures the level of IT adoption for four areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety (inpatient/outpatient hospital), and clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community).
MUSC, which also received the designation last year, joins four other South Carolina health care facilities on the list – AnMed Health, Anderson; Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Beaufort; Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville; Palmetto Health, Columbia; Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston.

The designation requires initiation and ongoing use of electronic medical records at a high level. Patrick Cawley, M.D., executive director and CEO of the MUSC medical center, thanked MUSC employees for the patience and hard work it has taken to initiate and use the EMR during his weekly Clinical Connections letter on July 11.

“Medical centers and health systems that are the most wired are also consistently higher performers on quality and safety measures,” Cawley said. “The rollout across a medical center and outreach clinics the size of MUSC takes time, energy and a lot of resources. This is one of the greatest change management efforts a health system can undertake. Our patients are better off for your hard work.”

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July 17, 2013

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