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Nemours Named to Health Care's Most Wired List for 2014

Second time both Nemours hospitals receive recognition

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014


Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, and Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL, have both been named to the 16th annual Hospitals and Health Networks magazine 2014 Most Wired List. This is the fourth consecutive year duPont Hospital for Children made the list, while Nemours Children’s Hospital is being recognized for the second time since opening in October 2012. “Most Wired” is a coveted distinction that acknowledges excellence in the use of information technology in four key areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. Nearly a third of all hospitals nationwide responded, but less than 300 made the 2014 Most Wired List.

Key Facts
  • Nemours Children’s Hospital was the only children’s hospital in Central Florida to win “Most Wired”.
  • Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children was the only Delaware hospital and the only Delaware Valley children’s hospital to win “Most Wired”.
  • Nemours is a leader in the use of information technology to improve patient care.
  • In 2011, the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) awarded both Nemours Children’s Hospital and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children its Stage 7 Award which is the highest level of attainment in adopting electronic medical records.
  • In 2012, Nemours/ Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children joined the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN), strengthening Delaware’s standing as a leader in the adoption of health information technology as a model to other states.
  • The 2014 survey methodology sets specific requirements in each of four focus areas. The four focus areas are:
    • Infrastructure
      • Identify management, access controls and audit capabilities
      • Data recovery plan testing and disaster recovery restoration capabilities within 72 hours
      • Security technology safeguards, including encryption for laptops and mobile device pass codes
      • Regular risk analysis, security assessments and penetration testing
      • Wireless networks for clinical applications, accessible by clinicians and staff
    • Business and administrative management
      • Expanded use of electronic payer transactions
      • Automation of revenue-cycle processes
      • Partially automated management systems for supply chain and use of bar code technology
      • Patient flow automation
      • Human resource management and training systems
      • Enterprise decision support and business intelligence
    • Clinical quality and safety
      • Patient demographics, vital signs and status, and documentation recorded as structured data
      • Routine use of electronic health record and clinical information systems by nurses, pharmacists and physicians
      • Physician access to clinical pathways/order sets and medical image review across care settings
      • Clinical decision support enabled for drug allergy alerts and drug interaction alerts
      • Digital clinical imaging/PACS in hospital and clinic
      • CPOE for medication orders
      • Point-of-care medication administration systems and automated medication management
      • Electronic recording of quality data
      • Electronic recording of infection control data
    • Clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community)
      • Electronic copies of discharge instructions and health information using HER to patients
      • Physician office EMR connectivity for clinical documentation and viewing results
      • Physician office e-prescribing
      • Online health information for patient education
      • Interoperability of applications within hospital
      • Physician-office EMR connectivity for clinical documentation and viewing results
      • Physician office e-prescribing
      • Online health information for patient education
      • Interoperability of applications within hospital

"Our investments in health information technology were strategic decisions intended to improve patient care. Nemours’ goal is to eliminate any errors in our system to improve proper communication among our clinicians, our referring physicians and patient families."

Gina Altieri, CPA, Nemours Vice President for Corporate Services

“The Most Wired data show that shared health information allows clinicians and patients to have the information they need to promote health and make the most informed decisions about treatments."

Rich Umbdenstock, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.