Walter Mencken 4:15 p.m., Dec. 12
The UC San Diego Health System’s facilities have been named among “Health Care’s Most Wired” programs by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine, the campus’ News Center reports.
“This is our seventh year in a row on this list, which demonstrates UC San Diego Health System’s dedication to information technology expansion,” Ed Babakanian, UCSD Health Sciences chief information officer, told News Center. “Our primary goal is always to provide excellent patient care . . . and UC San Diego Health System fully supports our efforts to provide that by staying ahead of the IT curve.”
The system is among only 58 in a database of over 5,000 to achieve HIMSS Stage 7 status, meaning paper charts are no longer used to deliver patient care (a few more than 200 organizations overall qualified for some form of “Most Wired” recognition). With patient records and notations fully digitized, drug interactions and patient allergies are reviewed by computer at the time medications are ordered for a patient, an added safety precaution.
The full report from Hospitals and Health Networksdetails further benefits of digitizing health care environments.
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