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Jul 18: Memorial Health System Named a 2007 Most Wired Hospital

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July 18, 2007

Most Wired Winner 2007Memorial Health System has been named one of the Most Wired award winners in the Most Improved category, according to the results of the 2007 Most Wired Surveys and Benchmarking Study released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine which has named the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems since 1999.

Tom Kerwin, chief information officer at Memorial Health System, remarked, "Today, Memorial Health System was recognized as one of the 25 most improved hospitals in health care information system adoption. Our staff's commitment to patient safety and quality are ultimately what makes our system provide value."

The nation's 100 Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in four key areas: mortality rates, patient safety measures from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), core measures from Hospital Compare and average length of stay. Based on analysis of the ninth annual Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study results, hospitals are embracing technology as a key tool for health care quality improvements.

"Many hospitals have made strong commitments to using information technology to improve the quality of care," Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). "They are combining technology with clinical knowledge and creativity with a focus on improving outcomes, and making care safer and more streamlined for both patients and clinicians."

Hospitals investing in quality are also investing in IT. "The Most Wired hospitals are focused on quality," says Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospital & Health Networks. The analysis does not establish a direct causal relationship between technology and outcomes, however, health care organizations are looking to measure trends documenting better outcomes.

"The continued adoption of technology for clinical systems in health care is driving rapid change and great outcomes," said Lewis Redd, managing partner, Accenture Health & Life Sciences North American Provider Practice and one of the 2007 Survey sponsors. "The leaders in the field are already showing us how technology can help connect hospitals with their patients and enhance clinical outcomes. This survey is a call to action."

Sunny Sanyal, chief operating officer for McKesson Provider Technologies, adds that the strategic use of IT to drive quality and performance is becoming more common. "The use of IT to automate, measure and connect healthcare is clearly helping many organizations to improve their performance," he says. "Looking ahead, we see increased use of analytics and connectivity to drive better outcomes, increased efficiency, greater patient satisfaction and ultimately, a stronger competitive position."

The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation's hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.

Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2007 survey in cooperation with Accenture, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

About the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study

Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association, conducts the voluntary Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study annually and names the 100 Most Wired.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

McKesson Corporation is the world's largest health care services, technology and automation company.

CHIME was formed with the dual objective of serving the professional development needs of health care chief information officers and advocating the more effective use of information management within health care.

For more information, contact:

Memorial Health System Public Relations (719) 365-5235
Health Forum contact: Sarah B. Brown (312) 893-6894

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