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Winthrop-University Hospital Named 2013 Most Wired - Archived
October 16, 2013
Nation’s Most Wired Hospitals Demonstrate Progress through Innovation

Winthrop-University Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. This is the second consecutive year that the Hospital has received this prestigious national designation, upholding Winthrop’s rightful place in an elite group of hospitals using health information technology to improve patient care.

“Winthrop is a pioneer in the use of technology to enhance patient care and safety, and it’s no surprise that we continue to lead the way for health information technology on Long Island and beyond,” said John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President and CEO.

“On behalf of Winthrop-University Hospital, we are honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals for the second year in a row,” added Nicholas Casabona, Winthrop’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). “This prestigious recognition is a testament to the hard work and the collaborative mindset of our institution which includes a progressive senior leadership team; a medical staff who truly understands the benefits of advanced health information technology; and one of the best technical teams in the industry whose commitment to patient safety and improved quality of care have made Winthrop a healthcare IT trailblazer on Long Island.”

As one of the nation’s first hospitals to attest to Phase 1 Meaningful Use of healthcare information technology, Winthrop-University Hospital has embarked on Phase 2.

Attesting to meaningful use is the first stage of a long-range program to create a nationwide IT infrastructure that will connect providers and patients through compatible, standardized electronic health records systems, a move that will improve patient safety and outcomes,” said Maureen Gaffney, MHS, RPAC, RN, Winthrop’s Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Medical Information Officer, who has played an instrumental role in the Hospital’s health information technology initiatives. “Patient and family engagement is a major component of Phase 2, and our IT professionals are designing web-based applications to allow patients to access their medical records. Informed patients can be significant contributors to quality and safety.”

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. In that time, hospitals and healthcare systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.

Among some of the key findings this year:

  • Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results when only 27 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 12 percent of all hospitals responded, “Yes.” 
  • Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders. 
  • Sixty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders. Thirty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals do so with non-affiliated hospitals versus 24 percent of total responders.

The 2013 Most Wired Survey also covered some new areas such as big data analytics and patient generated data. An emerging practice, big data analytics looks at large amounts of data to uncover patterns and correlations.

  • 32 percent of Most Wired hospitals conduct controlled experiments or scenario-planning to make better management decisions. 

“Meaningful use has been a top priority for CIOs and hospital executives, but understanding all of the data will be critical as new relationships continue to evolve,” said Rose Higgins, Vice President, Strategic Solutions, RelayHealth, McKesson’s connectivity business unit. “Data analytics will be essential to helping hospitals balance quality of care and cost requirements in a new environment of risk-based reimbursement and evidence-based medicine.”

  • 41 percent of Most Wired hospitals provide a patient portal or Web-based solution for patient-generated data. 

“The bottom line is that care must be connected and continue wherever the patient is — whether that’s in the hospital or the doctor’s office or in the home,” said Dr. Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, chief medical information officer for AT&T. “The healthcare industry has lagged behind other industries, such as banking and travel, in tapping technology that can engage the patient and connect the continuum. We are finally seeing real progress as an industry, but there is still more to do.”

Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

The 2013 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at

Winthrop is a founding member of the E-Health Network of Long Island, the regional health information organization working toward interconnectivity with healthcare providers in other parts of the state – and ultimately nationwide – through compatible health information exchange systems. For more information about health information technology initiatives at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP. 

Contact: Leanna Cherry 
Public Relations Manager 
(516) 663-2234