July 23, 2013

Contact: John Clayton
Vice President for Communications

CONCORD - Five hospitals from New Hampshire were named to the 2013 "Most Wired" list compiled by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine on behalf of the American Hospital Association.

The five hospitals include Concord Hospital, Elliot Health System in Manchester and Exeter Health Resources, with Littleton Regional Healthcare and New London Hospital being recognized among hospitals in the "Small and Rural" category.

"This recognition is further proof that hospitals in New Hampshire are more than willing to embrace new technologies in their quest to deliver the finest in patient care," said Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. "The fact that we're seeing this both in our larger urban hospitals and our rural Critical Access Hospitals demonstrates the vitality and forward-thinking that is keeping New Hampshire hospitals on the cutting edge of healthcare."

"This year's 'Most Wired' organizations exemplify progress through innovation" added Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. "The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency."

This is the fifteenth year the magazine has conducted its "Most Wired" survey. In its current issue, reporter Matthew Weinstock noted that "Hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage."

Among some of the key findings this year:

• Sixty-nine percent of 'Most Wired' hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results when only 27 percent of 'Most Wired' hospitals and 12 percent of all hospitals responded, "Yes."

• Seventy-one percent of 'Most Wired' hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders.

• Sixty-six percent of 'Most Wired' hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders. Thirty-seven percent of 'Most Wired' hospitals do so with non-affiliated hospitals versus 24 percent of total responders.

"The concept of health information exchange is absolutely correct. We need to do it and do it in a robust, refined way," said Russell P. Branzell, president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. "The answer here is standards, standards, standards. We need to standardize the entire process, which we've done in almost every other business sector."

The 2013 Most Wired Survey also covered some new areas such as big data analytics and patient generated data. An emerging practice, big data analytics looks at large amounts of data to uncover patterns and correlations.

"The bottom line is that care must be connected and continue wherever the patient is — whether that's in the hospital or the doctor's office or in the home," said Dr. Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, chief medical information officer for AT&T. "The healthcare industry has lagged behind other industries, such as banking and travel, in tapping technology that can engage the patient and connect the continuum. We are finally seeing real progress as an industry, but there is still more to do."

Health Care's 'Most Wired' Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at