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Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Named 2013 Most Wired


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For Immediate Release on July 11, 2013


Elmhurst Memorial HealthcareNamed 2013 Most Wired

Nation’s Most Wired Hospitals Demonstrate Progress Through Innovation


ELMHURST-  Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare (EMHC) was one of only 290 hospitals and health systems across the country to be named in Hospital and Health Network’s 15th Annual Most Wired Survey. Over the years, Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare has made great strides in creating robust clinical information systems and stretching its technical infrastructure throughout all of its campuses. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, all aimed at reducing the likelihood of medication errors, and providing key information to EMHC’s clinical and technical teams.

“We are incredibly excited to receive this recognition.  We have long strived to provide our care-givers with best practice clinical information when and where it can deliver the greatest value and improve the care our patients receive,” said Charles Colander, vice president and CIO for Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. “We have an amazing Information Services team working closely with our physicians, nurses, and staff to ensure we use technology to its fullest potential while always focusing on improving the service we provide to our patients and their families.”

“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”

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

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 July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at



Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (EMH) is now a part of a new health system created by the merger of EMH and Edward Hospital. This system includes three hospitals, 50 locations, 7,700 employees and 1,700 staff physicians who provide comprehensive healthcare to 1.7 million residents in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago.

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, founded in 1926, opened a new, 866,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art acute care hospital in 2011, with 259 private patient rooms, a modern emergency department and technologically advanced surgical suites.  For more information, visit

Edward Hospital in Naperville, established in 1907, has 309 private patient rooms and offers advanced cardiac care at Edward Heart Hospital, the most up-to-date cancer diagnosis and treatment at Edward Cancer Center and world class stroke care through the Edward Neurosciences Institute.  For more information, visit

Linden Oaks at Edward is a 108-bed behavioral health hospital on Edward’s Naperville campus with outpatient locations in Naperville, Plainfield, St. Charles, Woodridge and Yorkville.  For more information, visit

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