Patient-focused IT Keeps Medical Center Among the 'Wired' Elite

 UT Southwestern’s patient-focused technological innovations — including a new smartphone app for health records — have led to national recognition as one of America’s “Most Wired” hospitals for the second consecutive year.

The “Most Wired” list is prepared annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association. In all, 215 organizations across the country made the 2012 list.

“This honor recognizes our continuous commitment to leveraging technology to provide the best care possible to our patients,” says Bruce Meyer, M.D., Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs.

UT Southwestern has been an early and enthusiastic adopter of new technology designed to enhance the patient’s experience. In 2005, the Medical Center introduced the electronic portal MyChart for patients to access their health records. MyChart has become more accessible in the last year with a free app available for all Android, iPad, and iPhone users. More than 50,000 patients at UTSW use MyChart to pose questions to physicians, schedule appointments, and refill prescriptions over encrypted, secure connections.

In 2012, UTSW enabled physicians to access electronic medical records on their iPads, a patient-centered innovation that keeps caregivers at the bedside.