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VA Health Care – Most Wired and Recognized

This year, the VA health care system was honored to have 16 VA health care entities named to the 2012 "Most Wired" hospitals list. The list, which is released by Hospitals & Health Networks annually, in partnership with McKesson, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the American Hospital Association (AHA), is a result of a national survey aimed at ranking hospitals which are leveraging health information technology (HIT) in new and innovative ways. The Veterans Health Administration's Office of Informatics and Analytics (OIA) is a proud partner with these VA health care systems as we work to leverage technology not only for public recognition, but to support quality, effective health care. The view the full list of 2012's "Most Wired" hospitals and find out which VA health care entities made that list, view the report here.

The survey, which was conducted between January 15, 2012 and March 15, 2012, polled 1,570 hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their information technology (IT) initiatives. Overall, roughly 27 percent of all U.S. hospitals were surveyed. Of the 942 hospitals designated as a 2012 "Most Wired" Hospital, 80 are VA medical centers, or roughly 8 percent.

"VA is honored to have 16 of its health care entities on the 'Most Wired' hospitals list this year," said Gail Graham, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health, Informatics and Analytics Office. "VA is dedicated to providing Veteran patients with the best experience possible. Integrating health IT into our everyday processes has helped us to accomplish that goal and will continue to be a key part of our strategy moving forward."

In addition to naming health care facilities to the "Most Wired" list, the report also shared trends in HIT across facilities. Among other findings, the survey reported that 74 percent of the "Most Wired" hospitals and 57 percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems and 100 percent of the "Most Wired" hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medication(s) are ordered, a major step in reducing medication(s) errors.

The VA facilities named to the 2012 "Most Wired" list are: Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center (Saginaw, MI), Battle Creek VA Medical Center (Battle Creek, MI), Beckley VA Medical Center (Beckley, WV), Charles George VA Medical Center (Asheville, NC), Hampton VA Medical Center (Hampton, VA), John D. Dingell VA Medical Center (Detroit, MI), Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis, IN), Salem VA Medical Center (Salem, VA), San Francisco VA Medical Center (San Francisco, CA), VA Northeast Region 4, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, VA Region 3 Office of Information and Technology, VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21), Veterans in Partnership Network (VISN 11) Health Care Network, Washington DC VA Medical Center (Washington, DC) and White River Junction VA Medical Center (White River Junction, VT).


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