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Nemours Named to Health Care's Most Wired List for 2013

First time both Nemours hospitals receive recognition

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL, and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, have both been named to the 15th annual Hospitals and Health Networks magazine 2013 Most Wired list. This is the first year Nemours Children’s Hospital has been recognized since opening in October 2012 and the third consecutive year duPont Hospital for Children made the list.

“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 2013 Most Wired list.

Key Facts
  • Nemours Children's Hospital was the only children's hospital in Central Florida to win "Most Wired" and the second in the State of Florida.
  • 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) Analytics awarded Nemours/Alfred. I duPont Hospital for Children its Stage 7 award—the highest level of attainment in adopting electronic medical records.
    • In 2012, HIMSS awarded Nemours Children’s Hospital the Stage 6 award, joining a select group of only 10 percent of all hospitals. Only 55 other children's hospitals in the U.S. have achieved this level. It is an exceptionally rare achievement for a newly opened hospital.
  • Examples of information technology platforms in place at Nemours include:
    • NemoursOne is a fully integrated electronic medical record system that enables all patient data to be captured, monitored and used to continuously improve the health of children in our care and beyond.
    • MyNemours, is a confidential, easy-to-use, internet-based tool that gives parents and legal guardians secure electronic access to select portions of their child’s medical records.
    • NemoursLink connects community-based physicians to their Nemours patients’ electronic health record.
    • The Clinical Logistics Center at Nemours Children’s Hospital provides centralized monitoring to collect data from around the hospital, consolidate it through technology, and feed it back to the bedside to improve the level of care patients receive. The Center is staffed around-the-clock by paramedics continually watching trends for each patient. That way, when a device like a heart or breathing monitor indicates that a patient may be having difficulty, the CLC can alert medical staff right away.
    • 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 and a model to other states regarding the value that health information exchange brings to patients and health care systems.
    • The 2013 survey methodology sets specific requirements in each of four focus areas. If any of these requirements is not met, then the organization does not achieve the Most Wired designation. The four focus areas are:
      • Infrastructure
        • Identity 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 passcodes
        • Regular risk analysis, security assessments and penetration testing
        • Wireless networks for clinical applications, accessible by clinicians and staff
      • Business and administative 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 EHR 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’ advanced electronic capabilities have eliminated prescription error rates throughout our system and improved communication among our clinicians, our referring physicians and patient families."

Gina Altieri, CPA, Nemours Vice President for Corporate Services

"This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation. The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency."

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.