These hospitals are using clinical analytics to keep an eye on outcomes, according to Hospitals & Health Networks' 2013 Most Wired Survey. Clinical analytics projects turn the data points collected by health information technology into actionable information that can drive improvements in quality, safety and efficiency. Seventy-seven percent of hospitals that achieved certain benchmarks across four categories and were named Most Wired electronically provided quality scores to clinical leaders on a monthly basis.

Hospitals have made slightly less progress in sending these scores to individual physicians: 60 percent of all survey participants and 70 percent of Most Wired hospitals electronically delivered these scores to docs on a semiannual basis.

The majority of each group reported having executive sponsorship and enterprise-level governance for clinical analytics projects. Board and C-suite oversight ensure that these major IT investments deliver value and meet strategic goals.

The annual Most Wired survey has been measuring progress in the implementation and use of health IT for 15 years. This year, 659 hospitals and health systems completed the survey, representing 1,713 hospitals, roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals. For more information, go to www.hhnmostwired.com.

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