ALBUQUERQUE, NM – UNM Hospital (UNMH) has been named one of the 100 Most-Wired Hospitals and Health Systems in the U.S. by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for the sixth consecutive year, and seven years total. In the 11-year history of the AHA’s Most-Wired Program, only nine U.S. organizations have made the most-wired list seven times.

UNM Hospital, the state’s only Level I Trauma Center, is the sole New Mexico hospital on this year’s list. According to the American Hospital Association, this year’s accolade is based on a national survey of 1,314 hospitals that measures the use of information technology (IT) to accomplish key goals, including: · safety and quality; · customer service; · business processes; · workforce; and · public health and safety.

The American Hospital Association contends that “most-wired” hospitals use a wider array of IT tools that can include computerized physician order entry; bedside electronic medication matching; automated alerts and reminders; physician portals; electronic patient monitoring; and computerized lifetime medical records. “The UNM Hospital system includes five facilities – UNM Hospital, UNM Children’s Hospital, UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital, UNM Psychiatric Center, and UNM Children’s Psychiatric Center,” remarks Ron Margolis, chief information officer for UNMH. “The value of securely integrating medical information electronically from each of these facilities for a more complete patient picture can’t be overstated. It provides several additional layers of patient safety, improves medical outcomes, and provides all specialists a unified view of the patient’s history.”

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