The publication Hospitals and Health Networks revamped its method of coming up with its 99 "most wired" U.S. hospital list. It claims it's created a more accurate set of surveys given to medical IT directors asking questions on clinical quality, patient safety, continuum of care and business and management functions. It just released the results at its site.
If you live in the Inland Northwest and Spokane area, you have your pick, since nearly every hospital within 150 miles of downtown Spokane made the list. The Spokane group include Deaconess Medical Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, and Valley Hospital and Medical Center.
Coeur d'Alene's Kootenai Medical Center also made the top-99 group.
In the list's separate category for small and rural facilities, the regional "most wired" list includes:
- Providence Mt. Carmel, in Colville.
- Providence St. Joseph's Hospital, in Chewelah.
- Pullman Regional Hospital, Pullman.
- Whitman Hospital and Medical Center, Colfax.
- Mid-Valley Hospital, in Omak.
- Samaritan Hospital, Moses Lake.
Kootenai is one of only two Idaho hospitals to make the list. It joins St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls.