Ascension Seton in Austin, Texas, was named as one of Hospitals & Health Magazine’s Most Wired hospitals in its 2016 national list.
The annual survey measures and recognize adoption of information technology within US hospitals and health systems for operational, financial and clinical performance.
Resolving a Technological Award Glitch
Ascension Seton didn’t initially make the cut for this year’s winners. But something seemed fishy to Mike Minks, Ascension Seton chief information officer. “When we got the decline letter from the magazine, but saw other facilities we knew had fewer technology advancements than ours included on the list, we followed up to ask why we didn’t make it,” Minks said. “As it turns out, our submission file had gotten corrupted at some point after we turned it in and the survey team was missing four pages of data. Once Ascension Seton provided the lost pages, we were awarded the certification.”
The Importance of IT in Healthcare
The Most Wired list highlights information technology’s critical role within today’s hospitals and health systems. Medical technology helps to improve electronic recordkeeping and the secure transfer of information among clinicians, as well as giving caregivers in remote locations the ability to communicate with specialists typically in urban settings.
Award winners were evaluated across several categories, such as the way they use technology in their data management strategies and patient care. The judges also recognize hospitals and systems that are committed to increasing cyber security efforts to safeguard electronic medical records and personal health information.
A corrected version of the list reflecting the addition of Ascension Seton appeared in the August issue of Hospitals & Health Magazine.