2012 BEST Hospital IT Departments announced

This is the second year for Healthcare IT News’ Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program, and participation took a dramatic jump over last year’s debut.

In 2011, 179 hospitals were nominated for the program; 75 of those hospitals qualified, and overall 4,945 IT employees completed the extensive 67-question online survey. This year, those numbers skyrocketed: 272 hospitals were nominated, 125 qualified and 10,863 IT employees completed the survey. (To qualify for the program, at least half of a hospital’s IT employees must take the survey.)

Click here to see the winning IT departments.

When you consider how swamped with work hospital IT departments are these days, that kind of participation is impressive. If you’re a busy person, you know that just setting aside 15 minutes during the workday (about how long it takes to complete the Best Hospital’s survey), can be a challenge.

What’s also impressive are the characteristics and values that show up again and again in the profiles of the top IT departments in this special report: teamwork, work-life balance, empowerment, trust, openness, honesty, accountability…the list goes on. From inception, that’s been this project’s goal: To determine what characteristics distinguish the best hospital IT departments from all the rest – and to share these values and best practices with the rest of the industry.