TMC One of Only Two Arizona Hospitals Dubbed "Most Wired" in the Nation

Tucson Medical Center continues to lead the way in information technology, securing a place among America’s “Most Wired” hospitals in 2012.

This distinction is only the latest of TMC’s high-tech benchmarks.

• In summer 2010, TMC left paper records behind and pioneered the move to electronic medical records in Southern Arizona.
• In summer 2011, TMC earned a Stage 7 HIMSS Analytics score, which placed the nonprofit hospital in the top 1 percent of more than 5,000 hospitals for its use of technology.
• And now the “Most Wired” designation, in the summer of 2012, places TMC among the most technologically advanced hospitals in the nation.

As one of only two Arizona hospitals to secure the honor, TMC is the only one in Southern Arizona to make the Most Wired list, which recognizes those hospitals that comprehensively use technologies to improve care for patients, to streamline data collection and to boost efficiencies.

The 154 hospitals earning the distinction nationwide were culled from 1,570 hospitals represented in a survey by Hospitals & Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association.

“TMC for years has been focused on finding ways to leverage technology to improve patient care,” said TMC’s Chief Information Officer Frank Marini. “I was very pleased that the organization has been recognized for the hard work and the investment it has taken to get to this point.”

“It is not an easy designation to reach, so I think it says something about the progressive culture we have here at TMC,” Marini continued. “This recognition is not just about the technology we have in place, but is a gauge of the strength of our commitment in using these tools effectively to achieve clinical excellence.”

At TMC, for example, medications are linked directly with specific patients by scanning a bar code on a patient’s wristband, ensuring accuracy. Since the hospital is essentially a paperless environment, vital sign information gathered from clinical equipment flows directly into a patient’s medical record, ensuring the completeness and accuracy of patients’ charts. No longer tied to film for medical imaging, information from X-rays, CT-scans and MRIs are stored electronically and more readily accessible by physicians.

TMC President Judy Rich said technology will provide a strong base as healthcare undergoes a transformation and re-orientation.

With TMC participating in a new accountable care organization, called Arizona Connected Care, she said, it is that clear healthcare providers in the future must collaborate to help patients stay healthy, instead of treating them just when they’re sick.

“Obtaining this Most Wired distinction is another benchmark that recognizes we are positioned to provide the right service at the right time to our patients, ultimately saving resources and leading to healthier patients.”