Hospital & Health Networks magazine announced America’s "100 Most Wired" hospitals for 2008 this week.
You can compare this list to the list of "top hospitals," as recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
Hospital & Health Networks created the "most wired" ranking a decade ago. This issue’s cover story says that wired hospitals have happier patients and higher quality measures than their less technologically advanced peers.
"Taken together, the patient satisfaction and quality indicator analyses
provide the strongest evidence in the 10-year history of the Most Wired
Survey and Benchmarking Study that information technology makes a
difference in both the patient experience and the quality of care."
Mr. HISTalk has a more cynical take on the ranking.
"It’s time for the vested interest cheerleaders to start making a shaky case
that their Most Wired survey means anything. AHA’s CEO comes up with
this imaginary figment: "The results of the Most Wired survey confirm
that today’s patient also understands the benefits of IT in improving
care and improving the overall hospital experience." Other highly
object critics weigh in positively, including people from McKesson
(which sells systems) and Accenture (which sells services for systems)
in the magazine (which sells ads for systems) which did the survey in
conjunction with CHIME (a membership organization sponsored by
companies that sell systems). Conspicuously absent in the glowing
writeup: anything to do with those patients who supposedly now
understand the wonderfulness of HIT. They were apparently not surveyed,
but some acrobatic statisticians came up with the alleged fact that
high satisfaction hospitals use more IT by matching two unrelated
surveys without any consideration of cause vs. effect. There’s plenty
of good information about IT benefits without such an obvious stretch."