Texas’ Most Wired hospitals and health systems

Hospitals & Health Networks and the American Hospital Association released their 2017 Health Care’s Most Wired survey. The survey measures the level of IT adoption in hospitals and health systems.

The results show that Most Wired hospitals use patient engagement strategies at a higher percentage than all hospitals. Most Wired hospitals also use data and analytics to foster a culture of self-improvement at a higher percentage than all hospitals.

  • 82% provide tools for retrospective analysis of clinical and administrative data
  • 76% provide secure messaging with clinicians
  • 74% use predictive modeling and data for decision-making across departments
  • 71% provide data analytics-tools training to physicians
  • 69% interface EHR data with population health tools
  • 62% incorporate patient-generated data
  • 54% identify and tag own patient groups and develop internal registries
  • 51% use analytics to measure value-based care
  • 46% share clinicians’ visit notes with patients
  • 45% initiate a patient pathway that uses health IT to follow a care plan-specific set of processes
  • 40% offer virtual care with a physician
  • 32% support real-time patient identification and tracking for value-based care

“I think we see a shift here from, ‘How do I get this tech?’ to ‘How do I deploy this for our strategic objectives?’” said Chantal Worzala, vice president, health IT and policy operations at the AHA.

Texas’ Most Wired hospitals and systems are

  • Brooke Army Medical Center (Fort Sam Houston)
  • Children’s Health System of Texas (Dallis)
  • Christus Health (Irving)
  • Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System (Tyler)
  • Cook Children’s Health Care System (Fort Worth)
  • ETMC Regional Healthcare System (Tyler)
  • Harris Health System
  • Hendrick Health System (Abilene)
  • Houston Methodist
  • Memorial Hermann (Houston)
  • North Cypress Medical Center
  • Parkland Health & Hospital System (Dallas)
  • Seton Healthcare Family (Austin)
  • Swisher Memorial Healthcare System (Tulia)
  • Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston)
  • Texas Health Resources (Arlington)
  • UMC Health System (Lubbock)
  • United Regional Health Care system (Wichita Falls)
  • University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston)
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)

Children’s Health System of Texas was honored as one out of 27 hospitals and systems named the Most Wired Advanced. The Most Wired Advanced has stronger security systems, allowing more frequent audits and faster recovery in the event of a disaster. Their business intelligence tools improve business processes, clinical quality, and patient safety. Standardization of care is achieved with electronic evidence-based order sets and plan of care. Patients can connect with providers through secure messaging, advanced portal functions, home monitoring and telehealth services.

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was among the most improved.