4 hospitals admired globally for health IT

Of the 30 most technologically advanced hospitals in the world, according to a list published this week by Top Masters in Healthcare Administration--a site that offers educational and career advice to hopeful medical professionals--more than half (16) reside in the U.S.

In particular, four of the top seven, overall, are U.S. hospitals. The top four U.S. hospitals, according to the list, include:

  1. El Camino Hospital (Mountain View, California): El Camino, one of 5 hospitals from the Golden State to make the list, was named both the top hospital in the U.S. and the top hospital in the world for its IT prowess. The 443-bed facility, which refers to itself as "The Hospital of Silicon Valley," has been on the bleeding edge of technology implementation--think robotic surgery and new device use--since opening in 1961, according to the post. A case study published last summer by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives highlighted how El Camino took advantage of predictive analytics and videoconferencing tools to reduce readmissions by 25 percent.

  2. Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore): Johns Hopkins, which ranked No. 3 on the list, frequently is recognized as one of the nation's premier healthcare organizations (its children's center ranked No. 10 overall in U.S. News & World Report's most recent list of best children's hospitals). What's more, Johns Hopkins is involved in countless research efforts; in May, researchers were awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a new center geared toward improving and innovating flu tracking. In 2012, Johns Hopkins announced plans to create a new center to help public health agencies and accountable provider or payer groups to better take advantage of health technologies.

  3. Palomar Medical Center (Escondido, California): The No. 5 hospital on the list, Palomar opened a new, 288-bed facility in August 2012 dubbed "the hospital of the future" for its use of state-of-the-art technology to connect patients and providers. "We're not looking one or two or three years down the line; we're looking at what kind of technology might we need, might be ubiquitous, 10 years from now, 15 years from now," Palomar Chief Medical Information Officer Ben Kanter told FierceHealthIT shortly after the facility opened. "We're really trying to make sure that whatever comes down the line, we're not going to have to go in and pull cable five years from now," he said.

  4. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center (Minnesota, Arizona, Florida): Mayo, which ranked seventh on the list, is another facility constantly on the bleeding edge of technology use. In spring 2013, Mayo was among five hospital systems listed as being among the most admired entities making IT a competitive advantage by Gartner. More recently, Mayo this month announced a partnership with Apple regarding the latter's new HealthKit effort.

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