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NEWS | July 19, 2013

BAMC recognized as a ‘Top Wired’ hospital for second consecutive year

By Maria Gallegos Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs

For the second straight year, Brooke Army Medical Center was officially recognized as a "Top Wired Hospital in the United States" in the Hospitals and Health Networks magazine's Most Wired Survey 2013.

BAMC was one of four U.S. Army Medical Command facilities selected out of 1,713 hospitals throughout the United States that were surveyed. Only 289 hospitals received the recognition.

The hospitals were evaluated in four areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety (inpatient/outpatient services hospital) and clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community).

The survey notes that the nation's most wired hospitals are leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology to improve performance in a number of areas
"The methodology sets specific requirements in each of the four focus areas," said Lt. Col. David Broyhill, BAMC chief information officer. "If any of these requirements were not met, the organization did not achieve the 'Most Wired' designation.

"The survey results demonstrate that BAMC, which includes all Army facilities in San Antonio (San Antonio Military Medical Center and Army outpatient health clinics), is focused on expanding and adopting information technology that protects patient data and optimizes patient flow and communications," Broyhill added.

"BAMC's designation as 'Most Wired' for the second year in a row underscores our continued commitment to leverage information management/information technology tools and resources to enable, transform and support our healthcare team to provide exceptional and first-class care to our beneficiaries and wounded warriors," said Maj. Richard Clark, BAMC chief medical information officer.

"This is a great recognition for the hard work done by numerous individuals," said BAMC Commander Col. Kyle Campbell.

"It is a well-deserved acknowledgment in keeping up with the constant change and improvements in information technology, with patient satisfaction in mind at all times."

Other Army facilities selected include Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord; Wash., Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C.; and Tripler Army Medical Center located near Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

The University Health System, a civilian hospital in San Antonio, was the only other local hospital selected.