UC Davis Medical Center ranks among U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 list of Most Connected Hospitals, a distinction that only 156 of the 5,300 American hospitals included in the survey qualified for as of July 2012. Only 16 California hospitals met Most Connected criteria, and UC San Diego was the only other UC medical center campus to receive the designation.
U.S. News' Most Connected Hospitals list recognizes hospitals that meet high standards for care and are at the forefront of national efforts to adopt electronic health records. The clinical criteria included achieving a national ranking in 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals or Best Children's Hospitals, or earning the designation of "high-performing" in one or more medical specialties along with each hospital or one or more of its major units, such as a children's hospital within the larger institution.
The information technology criteria included meeting the federal government's electronic health record meaningful use requirements, and achieving either Stage 6 or 7 in the HIMSS Analytics EMR adoption model. HIMSS Analytics is a division of the nonprofit Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society that conducts surveys and site visits to evaluate how far hospitals have progressed toward fully incorporating health information technology into every aspect of clinical care. HIMSS ranks hospitals on a scale from 0 to 7, with Stage 7 being the highest level of IT integration.
UC Davis achieved the EMR Adoption Model Stage 6 Award in December 2010 and is working toward Stage 7 designation. The HIMSS organization recognizes Stage 6 hospitals as advancing toward the completely digital health-care environment and having significant advantages over other health-care institutions in terms of patient safety and clinician support. An example of this technology at UC Davis is the sophisticated EMR that enables physicians to document patient encounters using online clinical documentation templates and back-end voice recognition technology.
Stage 6 also means that most patient clinical results (text, data and image-based) are available in the electronic medical record and that all inpatient, ambulatory, emergency department and home-health clinical encounters are managed and documented using the same digital health record. UC Davis also is a leader in health-care information exchange, including the ability to interface content from clinical equipment (such as hemodynamic monitors) into the EMR, as well as exchange clinical data with other, external Epic EMR users.
UC Davis also was recently named among the nation's information technology leaders, according to the 2012 "Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study" conducted by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. UC Davis is one of only 11 institutions in California designated "Most Wired" out of a total of 1,570 hospitals that completed surveys. The annual study examines how hospitals use information technology to address and enhance patient safety, quality of care, public health, administrative processes and workforce decisions.
U.S. News also ranks UC Davis Medical Center among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for cancer, which places it among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide. UC Davis also ranks among the Best Hospitals in the Northern Sierra region in 11 medical specialties: cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; pulmonology; and urology.
The U.S. News Best Hospitals ranking summarizes the quality of inpatient care, examining reputation as well as several measurable and verifiable factors that have a direct link to the quality of patient care, including the balance of nurses to patients, mortality statistics, patient safety, numbers of procedures conducted and other care-related measures. The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.