TGH Among Health Care’s Most WiredPublished: Jul 12, 2013
July 11, 2013 (Tampa, FL) - Tampa General Hospital is one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals, according to Hospitals & Health Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association. It was the only Bay area hospital named in the publication’s 2013 rankings, joining nine other hospitals in Florida and just 288 other hospitals in the country – out of a potential of 5810 hospitals and health care systems. The publication sponsors the annual Most Wired Survey, which is an industry-standard benchmark study. The survey measures the level of IT adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems, and is a tool for hospital and health system leadership in developing IT strategic plans. “We are thrilled to be in the elite group of hospitals and health systems distinguished with this honor for innovation and excellence in Healthcare IT, said Scott Arnold, Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO). More importantly, our patients benefit from our technology investments which are focused on enhancements to safety, quality and operations.” “TGH has advanced into technologies that focus on patient safety and quality, such as using technology to avoid medication errors,” said Balaji Ramadoss, chief technology officer. “Physicians can use smart phone technology to care for their patients from anywhere in the world. The award recognizes TGH for having a wide range of advanced technologies, from allowing patients to review their records and interact with their care givers on-line, all the way to the use of advanced robotics for surgeries.” Health Forum, an American Hospital Association information company, distributes, collects and analyzes the Most Wired data and develops benchmarks that are becoming the industry standard for measuring IT adoption for operational, financial and clinical performance in health care delivery systems.