(July 20, 2010) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) in
Savannah, Georgia, has been named one of the nation's Most Wired
hospitals for the 11th consecutive year. The results were announced
in the July 2010 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study by
Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of
the American Hospital Association.
The annual survey examined 1,280 of the nation's hospitals on
their use of Internet technologies in four focus areas: business
and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, care
continuum (ambulatory/physician/community), and infrastructure.
Memorial is one of only four hospitals in Georgia to receive the
Most Wired designation this year.
"At MUMC, we pride ourselves in providing world-class care in a
manner that's efficient, cost effective, and safe. The use of
technology by our innovative, forward-thinking team in one way to
give our patients this high level of care," said Patty Lavely,
senior vice president and chief information officer at MUMC.
Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in patient
satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates, and other key quality
measures through the use of information technology (I.T.).
"The survey results highlight that continued progress is being
made but the full potential of health I.T. has not been meet," says
Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital
"Hospitals embrace health I.T. and recognize the many benefits
it can provide to patients, but even Most Wired hospitals face
barriers to adoption. We have asked that the federal government
stimulate greater adoption by making Medicare and Medicaid
incentive payments more widely available to hospitals and
physicians so more hospitals can move in this direction."
The entire report is available at www.hhnmag.com.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center.