Robert Lineberger, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer
Durham Regional Hospital has a long history of using technology to improve patient care and safety. Recently, the hospital was recognized as one of the Most Connected Hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Only 156 hospitals nationwide received this honor.
USNWR developed the list of Most Connected Hospitals to highlight institutions that are both clinically excellent and advanced in using electronic health information technology. USNWR defines a hospital as Most Connected if that hospital has qualified for federal meaningful use funding, achieved Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytic’s top grades for electronic medical record (EMR) adoption and earned either a national Best Hospital or Best Children’s Hospital ranking or a high-performing designation in one or more medical specialties.
Durham Regional’s achievement is the result of successful collaboration between technical experts and clinicians from a wide variety of disciplines. We will continue to work to optimize the benefits of technology even as we plan for the transition to a single electronic health record across Duke University Health System.
HIMSS recognizes health care organizations that have effectively adopted electronic medical records. Stage 7 is the highest designation awarded by the HIMSS. Only hospitals at Stages 6 or 7 as of July 10 were eligible to appear on the Most Connected Hospitals list.
Durham Regional is currently at Stage 6, meaning physicians can enter medical orders into a computer system that goes directly to pharmacy, laboratory, radiology or another department to fulfill the order. Physicians can also electronically document their clinical interactions with patients and access and review images such as CT scans or mammograms from any secure workstation.
According to HIMSS, only about 1.2 percent of U.S. hospitals are considered Stage 7 and 5.2 percent at Stage 6. The complete rankings and methodology for the Most Connected Hospitals are available at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
USNWR also ranked Durham Regional fifth in North Carolina out of 147 hospitals, third out of 19 hospitals in the Raleigh-Durham metro area and a high performer in nine specialties.