For a fourth consecutive year HCA has been named “Healthcare’s Most Wired” by Hospitals & Health Networks; in fact, HCA is the largest health system on the list with 165 hospitals and 42,896 beds. In our modern hospitals, information technology is vital to patient care. We have an outstanding and dedicated team of health IT professionals and HCA business partners who work together, enabling us to be a leader in automating and integrating clinical technology. It’s an honor to continue to be recognized for the progress we’re making, but we fully understand that there are many opportunities to improve and introduce technology that will further promote the care of our patients.

How HCA is “Most Wired”
One way HCA is “most wired” is through its clinical data warehouse, which includes information from all HCA healthcare settings from facility to surgery center and more.  HCA‘s clinical data warehouse houses virtually all of its clinical data and is one of the largest healthcare datasets worldwide.  By securely distributing this centralized data to facilities, clinicians can use it to improve care.  For example, our electronic Modified Early Warning Systems notifies clinicians in real time when a patient experiences a change in their vital signs.In the future, data will be used to create models that would help predict the risk of hospital -acquired conditions and initiate a preventive intervention.

Another aspect of being a “most wired” healthcare system is our ability to exchange information across the continuum of care. HCA’s Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) initiative focuses on driving quality care and outcomes by connecting providers across care settings with real-time, pertinent clinical information. All of our electronic medical records are contributing to a consolidated data set that allows us to produce longitudinal patient records that will also be accessible to our patients. As we continue building our robust clinical data management system and working with key technology partners, we are creating a national health information exchange so that regardless of whether the patient visit is with a primary care provider or an emergency room across the country, the patient’s medical record will be available to the provider of care.

About the “Most Wired” Survey
In its 16th year, the annual Most Wired Survey is an industry-standard benchmark study conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks, which measures the level of information technology (IT) adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems. This year, new analysis measured the progress of adoption, implementation and use of IT in the following areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. 1,901 hospitals participated, completing 680 Most Wired surveys, representing roughly 33 percent of U.S. hospitals.