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Industry Trade Mag Ranks Sharp, UCSD Among Nation’s 100 ‘Most Wired’

Two San Diego County hospital systems rank among the 100 “Most Wired” in the country, according to the American Hospital Association.

But only one was ranked among the top 25 “Most Wireless.”

Hospital and Health Networks, a monthly magazine published by the American Hospital Association, published the annual rankings.

The magazine published by the Chicago-based industry trade group representing 5,000 members found both Sharp HealthCare and the UC San Diego Medical Center are among the 100 “Most Wired” systems in the nation.

Only UCSD can lay claim to being among the top 25 “Most Wireless” among local facilities, according to the magazine.

This is the second time UCSD has made the magazine’s wireless issue, which has been published for a decade. Sharp has made the issue for the past nine years.

“We are very proud to achieve this recognition a second time,” said Richard Liekweg, chief executive officer at UCSD Medical Center. “This honor is a reflection of UCSD’s commitment to utilizing state-of-the-art technology to provide the very best service and care to our patients.”

An example of UCSD’s wireless capabilities would be its use of bar-coded wristbands on patients. Health care providers use a portable computer device to scan the wristbands before administering medicines to be sure they are giving the right amount to the right person.

“Our decision to implement these technologies has two dimensions: quality and efficiency,” said Edward Babakanian, chief information officer at UCSD Medical Center. “Quality means better care, increased safety and improved outcomes, and efficiency allows us to manage resources and costs to improve the affordability of health care.”

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Child’s Play:

Rady Children’s Hospital opened a new medical office building in the southern part of the county last month.

The nonprofit, with its main campus in Clairemont, also announced a new partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and UC San Diego.

Children’s Primary Care Medical Group Eastlake office is a 4,665-square-foot building at 2440 Fenton St. in Chula Vista.

Thirty businesses and vendors with local operations took part in opening festivities, including Kohl’s Illinois Inc.

The Wisconsin department store chain, which has six San Diego County stores, presented Rady Children’s Hospital with $115,000 in a donation after the festivities.

The partnership with St. Jude and UCSD, announced July 27, involves expanding research efforts in the areas of childhood cancers and other pediatric diseases.

Known for its research and clinical trials, Memphis, Tenn.-based St. Jude will now accept San Diego patients into its research efforts.

The UCSD pediatrics department has been formally affiliated with Rady since 2001 and will serve as a liaison between St. Jude’s and Rady Children’s.


This is my final column for the Business Journal. Contact Jaimy Lee at

jlee@sdbj.com

if you have health care related items.

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