Great article, some key take aways:

“We see leaders thinking about business intelligence tools. We also see consistency among hospitals’ delivering quality metrics to clinicians,” says Chantal Worzala, director of policy at the American Hospital Association. “The question is, ‘Can we give them time to build out better analytical tools?’ ”

Most Wired hospitals also are ramping up activities around patient engagement, which will prove vital in a value-driven health care economy. The focus isn’t just on kiosks and electronic bill pay, although those aren’t insignificant. Rather, there’s considerable activity around all aspects of patient engagement, including chronic disease monitoring and mobile health applications. For instance:

• 82% of Most Wired hospitals allow patients to check test results via a portal.
• 53% of Most Wired hospitals offer patients with chronic conditions self-management tools via a portal. 
• 58% of Most Wired hospitals offer an mHealth app that provides access to the patient portal.
• 40% of Most Wired hospitals offer secure messaging.

 

Read more here: 2014 Most Wired | Meaningful Use of Health IT.

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