UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the most connected hospitals for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. News Most Connected Hospitals list recognizes hospitals whose excellence in patient safety, patient engagement, and clinical connectedness improves patient care.
To identify the Most Connected Hospitals, U.S. News analyzed dozens of variables spanning three domains of medicine where electronic connectedness came to make a difference to patients. U.S. News assigned domain-specific scores and an overall score to each hospital for which it could obtain data from the most recent AHA Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement, an IT survey that the American Hospital Association administers to hospitals nationwide.
In 2011, Strong Memorial Hospital launched “eRecord” – an electronic health record (EHR) system to integrate care delivery within and across URMC hospitals and ambulatory clinics. The eRecord platform puts all providers on the same screen while caring for a patient – aggregating important allergy information, medication lists, test results, physician notes and more. Replacing separate information systems, eRecord was designed to improve care coordination and consistency across units, support services and hospitals.
Hospitals that earned at least 70 out of 75 points in the 2014 IT survey or 55 out of 61 points in the 2013 survey and also achieved national ranking or high performing recognition in the current edition of Best Hospitals, Best Hospitals for Common Care or Best Children’s Hospitals were recognized as Most Connected Hospitals. Four adult specialties at Strong Memorial Hospital – diabetes and endocrinology, gynecology, nephrology, and neurology/neurosurgery -- captured a spot in the Top 50 programs in the nation for treating complex conditions, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-2016 ranking of America’s Best Hospitals. Golisano Children’s Hospital earned a place among the nation’s best hospitals in two pediatric specialty areas – nephrology and endocrine/diabetes – in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings for 2015-2016.
In all, 158 hospitals made the Most Connected Hospitals 2015-16 list.