Newswise — (New York, NY – June 9, 2021) – The Mount Sinai Hospital has earned top honors on Newsweek’s list of “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals 2021.” The hospital ranked No. 1 in the New York City metropolitan area and No. 4 globally among the most technologically advanced health care institutions. Mount Sinai Morningside also ranked No. 3 in the New York City metropolitan area, No. 18 in the United States, and No. 26 worldwide on the list. Newsweek’s best smart hospitals list recognizes the top 250 institutions across the world that have demonstrated leadership in the use of smart technologies, including AI, telemedicine, robotic surgery, digital imaging, smart buildings, and electronic health records.

“I am honored that Mount Sinai is being recognized for its accomplishments, especially during a year that presented some of the biggest challenges for hospitals across the world,” said Kristin Myers, MPH, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Dean for Information Technology (IT) at the Mount Sinai Health System. “Through collaborative efforts spanning the entire Health System, we were able to enhance integrated technologies, maximize new data-driven opportunities, and improve cutting-edge treatment to care for thousands during a demanding and uncertain time.”

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mount Sinai conducted about 25 telehealth visits per day, or well under 1 percent of its appointments. The Health System now provides about 3,000 telehealth visits on average per day, or about 15 percent of all ambulatory care, said Bruce Darrow, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Senior Vice President of Information Technology, Deputy Chief Information Officer, and Chief Medical Information Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System.

“We experienced tremendous growth in telemedicine over a short period of time, but our team still worked tirelessly to support doctors delivering exceptional care to our patients,” said Darrow, who helped scale up infrastructure for virtual visits over the past year. “Information technology and other advanced tools—which remain a part of our larger ongoing mission—have enabled Mount Sinai to seamlessly coordinate efforts across departments, enhance patient flow, and quickly, effectively reach more patients through telehealth.”

The system’s Information Technology Department also provided support—ranging from establishing data feeds to facilitating secure cloud service—to assist the Mount Sinai Clinical Intelligence Center, a data science center dedicated to COVID-19 research that was established last spring in response to the pandemic. The Center has developed machine learning models to predict critical illness in COVID-19 patients; studied the use of wearable devices including the Apple Watch to detect COVID-19 symptoms and predict diagnosis; and teamed up with Google Nest and hospital operations to use the latest in video and audio technologies to monitor COVID-19 patients. 

In partnership with the global data research company Statista Inc., Newsweek created the World’s Best Smart Hospital 2021 rankings based on worldwide recommendations from hospital managers and medical professionals, analyzing more than 13,000 votes in a survey on smart hospitals.

The Mount Sinai Hospital is the largest hospital of the Mount Sinai Health System, one of the nation’s leading health care systems, which is composed of eight hospitals and a large network of ambulatory centers and practices. The hospital has played a key role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic through unprecedented clinical research efforts involving deep collaborations between clinical teams throughout the system, which have resulted in greater understanding of COVID-19 and new protocols for its treatment and management.

About the Mount Sinai Health System The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City’s largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai is a national and international source of unrivaled education, translational research and discovery, and collaborative clinical leadership ensuring that we deliver the highest quality care—from prevention to treatment of the most serious and complex human diseases. The Health System includes more than 7,200 physicians and features a robust and continually expanding network of multispecialty services, including more than 400 ambulatory practice locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” of the Top 20 Best Hospitals in the country and the Icahn School of Medicine as one of the Top 20 Best Medical Schools in country. Mount Sinai Health System hospitals are consistently ranked regionally by specialty and our physicians in the top 1% of all physicians nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

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