Hospitals understand the importance of health information technology (IT) and the benefits of its widespread adoption, yet as a field still face significant barriers to implementation according to a newly released survey of America’s Most Wired hospitals and health systems.
This year’s survey reveals continued progress for hospitals in patient safety initiatives:
- Fifty-one percent of medication orders were done electronically byphysicians at Most Wired hospitals, up from 49 percent last year.
- Over half (55 percent) of Most Wired hospitals match medication ordersat the bedside through bar coding or radio-frequency identification, up from 49 percent in 2009 and from 23 percent five years ago.
- Additionally, Most Wired hospitals have made improvements when it comes to sharing information during care transitions. For example, new medication lists are electronically delivered to caregivers and patients 94 percent of the time when a patient is transferred within the hospital, 98 percent at discharge and 86 percent when transferred to another care setting. [Read more…]