WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals for more than 25 years, today announced the 2015-16 Most Connected Hospitals. Most Connected Hospitals examines the importance of information exchange in the healthcare industry as hospitals move from paper to electronic medical records to make patient care better and more efficient.
Fully implementing electronic medical records across the health care system would enable both health care providers and patients to seamlessly share clinical information regardless of location. This year, U.S. News featured a total of 159 U.S. medical centers in 37 states for their digital connectivity and clinical excellence.
The Most Connected Hospitals are identified by state in alphabetical order. The states with the highest number of hospitals recognized are:
"Despite spending billions on digitizing clinical data, our health systems have yet to realize the full promise of electronic medical records. The hospitals on this list have taken important strides toward health care's digital future," said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "These hospitals have made significant advancements in clinical connectedness, patient engagement and patient safety."
In the methodology used to identify the Most Connected Hospitals, U.S. News analyzed dozens of variables spanning three areas of medicine where electronic connectedness can make a difference to patients. To be eligible for Most Connected recognition, each hospital also had to achieve a national ranking or high-performing recognition in the 2015-16 U.S. News Best Hospitals, Best Hospitals for Common Care or Best Children's Hospitals.
More information will be available about Most Connected Hospitals at the Hospital of Tomorrow forum, which explores the intersection of health care, policy and technology. In an exclusive arrangement, the launch of Most Connected Hospitals is being sponsored by athenahealth, a Hospital of Tomorrow premier sponsor. Athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health records, practice management and care coordination.
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