CMH named a ‘Most Wired Hospital’

Citizens Memorial Healthcare (CMH) has been recognized as one of the nation’s 100 “Most Wired” hospitals and health systems. CMH was named to the nation’s 100 “Most Wired” hospitals and health systems for the fourth time.  The 2011 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, recognizes hospitals that use information technology to better serve and treat patients and to better run business processes. CMH was previously named as a Most Wired Hospital in the Small and Rural Hospital category for three years 

“We are please to be recognized as the Most Wired Hospital again for 2011,” says Denni McColm, Chief Information Officer for CMH.  “This is the seventh year that CMH has been named to the Most Wired list.  To achieve this recognition requires that CMH not only maintains but also expands and improves our use of computerization to enable safe, effective and efficient delivery of healthcare.  This recognition confirms that the CMH investment in technology is in the best interest of our patients and community.”

CMH is one of five hospitals in Missouri to be named to the 100 Most Wired list. The other health systems are located in Chesterfield, Columbia and Kansas City 

The 100 Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures through the use of information technology (IT), according to a new analysis.  Strides are also being made in the integration of the electronic health records with digital clinical imaging.  Under these systems, clinicians receive faster diagnostic results that can improve aspects of patient care. Marking its 13th year, the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study continues to lead the field in analyses and benchmarking of healthcare IT. 

The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation’s hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.

Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2011 survey in cooperation with the American Hospital Association, McKesson Corp. HIT Exchange and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at

In addition to being named to the Most Wired list, CMH also received the Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence in 2005, a national award that recognizes the implementation of a single patient-centric electronic medical record that covers all services of care. CMH was the first rural health system and the first non-academic medical center to receive the award.  Furthermore, CMH was recognized as a Stage 7 hospital on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) in 2010.  CMH was the first rural hospital to receive the Stage 7 Award.  Stage 7 hospitals deliver patient care without the use of paper charts, can share patient information by sending secure standardized summary record transactions and are best practice examples of how to implement sophisticated HER systems that fully engage their clinicians.

For more information about information technology at CMH, call the CMH Information Center at 417-328-6010 or 888-328-6010.

August 15, 2011

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