UNM Hospital "Most-Wired" Nationally for 8th Year

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 seventh consecutive year, and eight years total.

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 1,280 hospitals that measures the use of information technology (IT) to accomplish key goals, including: · Infrastructure; · Business and Administrative Management; · Clinical Quality and Safety; and · Care Continuum. 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.

"We continue to make excellent progress toward fulfilling our technology mission of a total Electronic Medical Record (EMR)," remarks Ron Margolis, chief information officer for UNMH. "We've gotten to this point on our own initiative, but plan to take full advantage of federal stimulus monies over the next two years to complete our EMR." Patient safety provisions are provided through the newest generation of IV pumps at the bedside and willdirectly feed the electronic medical record, very positively influencing patient care,” adds Sheena Ferguson, chief nursing officer at UNMH.

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. For more information on the University of New Mexico Hospitals or the UNM Health Sciences Center, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/.

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