Health Care

Palmetto Health considered “Most Wired” hospital

- Palmetto Health has been recognized as one of the “Most Wired” organizations by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Palmetto Health previously won the award in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The “Most Wired” hospitals were selected based on four factors: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety; and care continuum. This year, only 215 of the 1,570 hospitals surveyed met the criteria. (Roughly 30 percent of all hospitals responded to the survey.)

Other facilities in the state making the “Most Wired” list include AnMed Health in Anderson, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Charleston, MUSC and Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston.

“We use technology to help physicians and team members provide the highest quality care to our patients by standardizing best practices, creating operational efficiencies and eliminating waste,” said Michelle Edwards, Palmetto Health’s chief information officer. “Technology is essential for empowering Palmetto Health in meeting our patients’ health care needs, now and in the future.”

The July Hospitals & Health Networks magazine story detailing results is available at

Among some of the findings in this year’s national survey:

- Sixty percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. Only 12 percent did in 2004.

- Seventy-one percent of “Most Wired” hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders.

· Sixty-six percent of “Most Wired” hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders.