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Published on July 13, 2015

Mercy Medical Center named among nation’s Most Wired hospitals

Most Wired hospitals expertly connect providers and patients

Mercy Medical Center has again been named one of Health Care’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2015 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine, a trade publication published by the American Hospital Association. This is the eighth time since 2006 Mercy has received this recognition. Mercy is the only Cedar Rapids hospital to be named a 2015 Most Wired award recipient.

As the nation’s healthcare system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals such as Mercy are using information technology to better connect care providers and patients.  Most Wired hospitals have met a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories: Clinical quality and safety; infrastructure; clinical integration; and business and administrative management.

Jeff Cash, Sr. Vice President and CIO at Mercy, said the enterprise-wide deployment of Mercy’s new Epic Electronic Medical Record and MyChart Patient Portal was a contributing factor to this recognition, and while challenging for a stand-alone healthcare institution, was essential for the hospital’s ability to deliver seamless patient care across the care continuum.

The annual Most Wired Survey reviews hospitals and health systems nationwide regarding their healthcare IT initiatives and capabilities. Mercy is one of 2,213 hospitals participating in the review, and one of the 338 hospitals formally recognized as meeting the criteria to be named a Most Wired hospital.

Mercy will be among the Most Wired winners to be recognized for this accomplishment at an awards ceremony in San Francisco later this month.

The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

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