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“Sharp HealthCare, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and UC San Diego Health System are making strides to improve quality of patient care on an unexpected level — through their information technology systems. All three health care systems share the prestigious distinction this year of being included on ‘Health Care’s Most Wired’ list published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Only 215 hospitals and health systems nationally were assigned the “Most Wired” designation.”

Julie Gallant
“Hospitals Have Finger on Pulse of Technology”
San Diego Business Journal

July 23, 2012

San Diego offers some of the most sophisticated healthcare in the country. Academic medical centers and clinically-focused hospitals provide high quality primary care and specialties that have achieved national stature. San Diego County is considered a leader in health innovation due in part to their “Live Well, San Diego!” initiative, a 10-year plan to build a healthy, safe and thriving community. The County has also been selected as one of four communities nationwide to help launch a mobile app development challenge to help prevent a million heart attacks and strokes as part of the Million Hearts initiative.

Industry Highlights & Contributions

  • San Diego County has 24 hospitals
    • 7,000 physicians
    • One of every 10 jobs in San Diego health services-related
    • Forecasted to add 8,500 jobs in 2012 and 2013
  • Nationally ranked programs in multiple specialties
    • UC San Diego Medical Center (Pulmonology, Nephrology, Geriatrics, Urology)
    • Scripps La Jolla Hospitals and Clinics (Cardiology & Heart Surgery)
  • Major construction projects underway
    • Four largest projects account for nearly $1.5 billion in contracts
    • 14,000 onsite jobs


Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, serving more than 9 million members, with headquarters in Oakland, Calif. In San Diego it comprises approximately 20 clinics and one hospital.

Palomar Health

Palomar Health, based in San Diego’s north county area, includes the new state-of-the-art Palomar Medical Center opening in Escondido in August 2012. It also includes Pomerado Hospital in Poway. Palomar Health is a California Hospital District covering an 850-square mile area. It is the largest hospital district in California.

Rady Children’s Hospital

Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego is the region’s pediatric medical center serving San Diego, Imperial, and southern Riverside counties. Rady is the largest children’s hospital in California, based on admissions, and the sixth largest children’s hospital in the United States.

Scripps Health

Scripps offers services at facilities throughout San Diego County, including five hospital campuses, 11 Scripps Clinic locations, 12 Scripps Coastal Medical Center sites and other affiliated sites. Scripps Green Hospital was recognized in 2012 by Thomson Reuters, for the third consecutive year and fifth time overall, as one of the top teaching hospitals in the nation.

Sharp Healthcare

Sharp HealthCare offers services throughout the city of San Diego and its surrounding communities with four acute care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, five San Diego urgent care centers and many other facilities and services. Sharp hospitals are part of Sharp HealthCare, which has been recognized for quality excellence with the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Tri-City Medical Center

Tri-City Medical Center serves San Diego County's coastal communities of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista, as well as the surrounding region. Tri-City is administered by the Tri-City Healthcare District, a California Hospital District. Facilities include a hospital in Oceanside, nearby outpatient services, and the Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad.

UC San Diego Health System

UC San Diego Health System is San Diego’s only academic health system and is composed of UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, and UC San Diego Thornton Hospital, Moores Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Jacobs Medical Center (opening in 2016) in La Jolla, as well as other primary and specialty practices of UC San Diego Medical Group located throughout southern California.



  • 2012-2013 Economic Forecast and Industry Outlook, Los Angeles EDC

  • California Hospital Association

  • San Diego County Medical Society

  • San Diego Business Journal 2012 Book of Lists