Mount Sinai Recognized Among Nation’s Most Connected Hospitals According to U.S. News and World Report

Mount Sinai stands out among hospitals in New York City area for incorporating technology to enhance patient care while maintaining clinical excellence

Mount Sinai
 – July 23, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being among an elite group of national medical institutions recognized for clinical excellence  that are also at the forefront of using digital technology, such as Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). Mount Sinai was placed higher on the list than any other hospital in the New York City metropolitan area.

EMRs allow drugs to be prescribed and health records to be exchanged electronically, and quality-related clinical data to be captured for analysis. Storing a patient's medical information in one secure, electronic location, accessible to any of their clinicians creates a number of benefits, including eliminating the possibility of notes or test results being misplaced and reducing duplicate tests being ordered.  The technology also allows prescribed drugs and doses to be computer-vetted against each patient to prevent life-threatening medication errors.  

"Mount Sinai is at the forefront of integrating technology into healthcare to make patient care better, safer, and more efficient, said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "We have an ambitious plan to further incorporate our clinical, research and data management systems to advance science and medicine, and are extremely proud to have our ongoing efforts in this initiative recognized in these rankings."  

The U.S. News and World Report "Most Connected" list is comprised of 156 medical institutions out of approximately 5,000 nationwide that meet three criteria:

  • Have been ranked among the best in the nation or have identified as high-performing in at least one medical specialty in the U.S. News and World Report 2012-13 "Best Hospitals" and "Best Children's Hospitals" listings;
  • Have met the criteria from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for "meaningful use" of Electronic Health Records Technology;
  • Have been recognized by HIMSS Analytics as "Stage 6" or "Stage 7" hospitals, designations which represent the highest levels of commitment to fully incorporating health information technology into every aspect of clinical care.

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) that evaluates the progress and impact of EMR systems within a medical institution as well as that hospital's interoperability with other medical institutions. They place institutions in categories ranging from "Stage 0", in which no efforts have been made to incorporate EMR into patient care to "Stage 7", in which EMRs are incorporated throughout the entire hospital and data is able to be shared with other hospitals using EMR.
The "Most Connected" list groups institutions by their HIMSS Stage designation, and then within each Stage, places them in order of the 2012-13 "Best Hospitals" and "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings. Among the 156 institutions included in the "Most Connected" list, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, currently designated "Stage 6" has a higher U.S. News and World Report rating than any other New York City metropolitan area hospital.

"Mount Sinai has invested more than $120 million in electronic medical records over the last few years and is continuing to make substantial investment in IT to advance to ‘Stage 7,' which is the highest level attainable," said Kumar Chatani, Senior Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "Our senior leadership and clinicians have continually demonstrated a commitment to elevating quality care and patient safety through the use of leading edge information technology systems."

"Mount Sinai is actively pursuing ‘Stage 7' designation and quickly approaching achieving that goal," said Bruce J. Darrow, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Interim Chief Medical Information Officer. Dr. Darrow also chairs the Inpatient Physician Advisory Committee, a group of 15 providers, including voluntary staff, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, who meet weekly to review the functionality of Mount Sinai's electronic medical records system.

"Since receiving ‘Stage 6' designation last year we have gone from having electronic physician documentation in focused areas to being live hospital-wide. We use Epic Systems for our EMR, communicate with other institutions that use Epic, and are in the process of installing a Health Information Exchange system, which will allow us to seamlessly communicate with other medical institutions using EMRs," said Dr. Darrow.

The 2012-2013 edition of the "Most Connected" list, published by U.S. News and World Report, can be found online at http://health.usnews.com/health-news/most-connected-hospitals/articles/2012/07/16/most-connected-hospitals-the-list.  

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States.  The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service.  It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News and World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News and World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll.  Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 
 
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