MLKCH Receives 2017 "Most Wired" Hospital Award

Just a few years ago, the phrases, "state-of-the-art," and "high-tech" would have seemed out of place when describing healthcare in South Los Angeles.

But today the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) celebrates receiving the 2017 Health Care's Most Wired® award, an honor bestowed by the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Forum.

Black female nurse in blue scrubs using medical equipment with logo that reads HealthCare's most wired winner 2017

Being a Most Wired hospital means more to us than bragging rights. At MLKCH, technology helps us provide the highest quality patient care. It's a tool that's here to serve the community.

Tracy Donegan

MLKCH was one of only three hospitals in Los Angeles—along with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Cedars-Sinai–to be named Most Wired in 2017.

"This designation signals to the nation that high-quality, high-tech and compassionate healthcare delivery for a safety-net hospital is possible," says Tracy Donegan, MLKCH Interim CIO.

Built from the ground up, MLKCH incorporates state-of-the-art technology into every aspect of its design—from the facility itself to service delivery to post-discharge care.

Technology helps facilitate the hospital's delivery of its mission to transform healthcare access in a community that's been underserved for decades.

"Because our service area is so large and our community is so short on healthcare facilities and providers, we designed ways for technology to bridge the gaps," continues Tracy.

  • Interoperability with the Los Angeles County Department of Health allows the hospital to quickly access and share health histories, medications, and diagnostic data for patients
  • Telemedicine allows MLKCH physicians to connect with collaborating UCLA Medical Center physicians to quickly diagnose and triage stroke victims, psychiatric patients, and newborns with potentially life-threatening conditions
  • Post-discharge care provided by MLK, Jr. Community Medical Group physicians will someday include remote biometric monitoring and virtual home visits, helping patients recover at home instead of in the hospital