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Newsweek Ranks Our Hospital Among World’s Smartest

June 18, 2021

Kansas City, Kan. — Newsweek has released its inaugural ranking of the World’s Best Smart Hospitals. The University of Kansas Hospital is the only healthcare facility in the Kansas City area to make the cut.

The University of Kansas Hospital comes in at No. 195 out of the 250 facilities worldwide listed. The nearest hospitals to make the rankings are Barnes-Jewish Hospital (No. 40) in St. Louis and Nebraska Medicine (No. 198) in Omaha.

Our IT and informatics staff ... are committed to provide world-class technology that is safe, secure, reliable and easy to use. And now we can add ‘smartest’ to that list. – Chris Harper

Chief Information Officer

To develop the list, Newsweek researched hospitals’ advanced technologies, including telehealth, electronic medical records, digital surgery, digital imaging and artificial intelligence.

The local ranking “is a great validation for our organization and all our staff and patients who call The University of Kansas Health System our home,” said Chris Harper, the health system’s chief information officer.

“It’s also very deserving for our IT and informatics staff who are committed to provide world-class technology that is safe, secure, reliable and easy to use. And now we can add ‘smartest’ to that list.”

Newsweek says the importance of smart healthcare organizations is especially evident during the pandemic, which “put hospitals through the ultimate stress test” of shifting treatment protocols, besieged supply chains and a massive vaccine rollout.

To determine the “best smart hospitals” rankings, Newsweek worked with Statista, a German-based company that tracks market and consumer data, to develop an international online survey among hospital managers and healthcare professionals who have a background in healthcare technology.

Every nominated hospital then was extensively researched and validated by a Statista analyst team. Learn more about the methodology.

The 250 hospitals on the list, said Newsweek, “best avail themselves of the most advanced technologies. They lead in their use of AI, robotic surgery, digital imaging, telemedicine, smart buildings, information technology infrastructure and EHRs. The hospitals on this list are the ones to watch.”

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