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Therese Moran (left), RN, and Judith Bishop, RN, a certified nurse midwife, use handhled devices to monitor patients at the Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital at Mission Bay. Photo by Susan MerrellIn recognition of their use of technologies that make it easier for patients and medical providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient care, UCSF Medical Center and Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco have been named among HealthCare’s “Most Wired®” for 2017, the third straight year for the hospitals to receive the award.
Hospitals with this designation are utilizing smartphones, telehealth, remote patient monitoring technologies, secure messaging and other tools to increase patients’ access to health care providers, and recording valuable health data for improving safety and quality.
The tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, and enabling health care workers to better support their patients, according to results of the 19th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, released July 10, 2017, by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.
“This award recognizes UCSF’s commitment to continuously working to improve the way we provide medical care, in terms of communication with our patients and the quality of the experience for them,” said Sheila Antrum, president of UCSF Medical Center and senior vice president of adult services at UCSF Health.
The 2017 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study is a leading, nationwide industry barometer. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals – more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals – examines how organizations are leveraging information technology (IT) to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.
“We are honored to be a recipient of this prestigious award from the AHA recognizing us as among the nation’s most wired hospitals,” said Russ Cucina, MD, MS, chief …