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Advancing Missouri’s Health Technology

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals according to the 2011 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The survey recognizes the top 100 hospitals in the country that are making progress in the adoption of health information technology.

University of Missouri Health Care is the only health care organization in mid-Missouri and one of only five hospitals in the state to receive the Most Wired distinction.

“The Most Wired award validates our commitment to patient safety and the delivery of high- quality care to our patients,” said Jim Ross, chief executive officer of MU Health Care. “This award recognizes our belief that information technology is vital to improving the health care needs of our patients.”

The Most Wired award follows MU Health Care’s recognition for achieving Stage 6 of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model. In May, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics, a national company that evaluates hospitals’ progress in implementing electronic medical records, announced that MU Health Care had reached the Stage 6 milestone on a scale of 0-7 in its transition from all-paper to all-electronic patient records.

“Our recent recognitions as a Most Wired health care organization and as reaching Stage 6 of the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model lets our patients know that they are receiving care at one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the country,” said Joanne Burns, chief information officer at MU Health Care.

Through the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, a partnership with Cerner Corporation, MU Health Care is advancing technology to provide patients with the highest standards in safety and quality of care. The implementation of new information technology services such as a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system and electronic medication administration record are positioning MU Health Care as a regional and national leader in providing an electronic health record for patients. 

In its 13th year, the Hospitals & Health Networks’ Most Wired Survey annually asks hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Every hospital in the U.S. is invited to participate in the survey.