Most Wired names WVUH to its most improved list

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the second consecutive year, West Virginia University Hospitals has been named to the Most Wired hospital and health systems list of Most Improved for use of information technology.

The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by “Hospitals and Health Networks,” the journal of the American Hospital Association. Its results are based on level of achievement in four focus areas: business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, care continuum and infrastructure. Hospitals and health systems participate in the survey on a voluntary basis. Now in its 12th year, the survey rates the 100 Most Wired, 25 Most Wired – Small and Rural, 25 Most Wireless and 25 Most Improved.

Rich King, WVUH vice president and chief information officer, attributes WVUH’s repeat appearance on the Most Improved list to the success and continued expansion of Merlin, the electronic medical records project, across the clinical enterprise.

“We continue to build on the accomplishments of Merlin, and as a result, we continue to stand out and be separate from the pack,” he said.

The implementation of MyWVUChart, the online medical records portal for patients of WVU Healthcare, also boosted WVUH’s scores on the survey. “It’s been a major hit for us. We have more than 3,000 people signed up now, and we are adding about 50 users a day,” King said.

Approximately 1,280 hospitals are represented in the 555 surveys submitted for the 2010 Most Wired Survey. WVUH is the only hospital in West Virginia that appears on the list.

For more information on the Most Wired lists, see www.hhnmostwired.com.

For more information on WVUH, see www.wvuh.com.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 07-09-10

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