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San Antonio’s Brooke Army Medical Center Recognized as One of the Nation’s ‘Most Wired Hospitals’

By on August 11, 2012 in National Health News with 0 Comments

The Brooke Army Medical Center, information management division helped BAMC in being recognized as a “Most Wired Hospital.” Photo: Brooke Army Medical Center

by Jennifer Rodriguez

San Antonio’s Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Fort Sam Houston, part of the United States Army Medical Command, has been named as “A Top Wired Hospital in the United States” according to the 2012 Most Wired Survey by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.

Of the hospitals recognized, BAMC was one of three Army Medical Command facilities selected for “Most Wired” merit out of 1,572 hospitals throughout the United States.  It shared  honor with other health care facilities including the Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Womack Army MedicalCenter at Fort Bragg, N.C.; and the University Health System, hospital in San Antonio.

“This is a great recognition and a lot of hard work and effort was done by numerous individuals for BAMC to be nominated and chosen for this prestigious award,” said Maj. Gen. M. Ted Wong, commanding general of Southern Regional MedicalCommand and BAMC. “Many hours were devoted to completing the initial survey that was required for the nomination packet.”

Photo: Brooke Army Medical Center

The nation’s most wired hospitals leverage the adoption and use of health information technology to improve performance in a number of areas.

Brooke Army MedicalCenter (BAMC) at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, part of the United States Army Medical Command has been named as “A Top Wired Hospital in the United States” according to the 2012 Most Wired Survey by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.

Results demonstrate that BAMC, which includes all Army facilities in San Antonio – the San Antonio Military Medical Center and Army outpatient health clinics – is focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data, and optimizes patient flow and communications.

Hospitals must meet the requirements for four focus areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety (inpatient/outpatient services hospital);clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community).

If any of these requirements is not met, then the organization did not achieve the “MostWired” designation. Thus, an organization may have many advanced capabilities, yet not achieve “Most Wired” status.

“The selection board acknowledged the many clinical IM/IT improvements made over the past year to support our hospital staff. It was a job well done by many,” Wong added.

Brooke Army MedicalCenter is part of the  University of Texas Health Science Center and a Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences teaching hospital containing the Army Burn Center.

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