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Published on August 04, 2004

Georgetown Hospital System Named One of Nation's "25 Most Wired - Small and Rural Hospitals"

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Georgetown Hospital System Named 2004 Most Wired Hospital
Most Wired Lead Nation’s Hospitals in EMR Adoption

Chicago (July 19, 2004) — Georgetown Hospital System has been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired – Small and Rural Hospitals”, according to the results of the 2004 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released today.

Survey results found that these hospitals and health systems are making significant progress automating four core components of an electronic medical record (EMR)--current medical records, medical history, patient demographics and nurses’ notes. The survey measures the nation’s hospitals on their use of Internet technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues..

“We are very, very proud of this national award and believe it demonstrates Georgetown Hospital System’s overall commitment to health care technology, which continues to be a critical component of our health care delivery system,” according to Bruce P. Bailey, CEO, Georgetown Hospital System. “This blend and balance between the quest for improved technology and the continued delivery of individual, personalized care should be very reassuring to our community and our patients,” he added.

“Top hospitals realize the power of the electronic medical record to improve quality, safety and the patient experience,” says Alden Solovy, executive editor ofHospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which has named the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems for the past six years. These hospitals are emphasizing clinical quality and patient services in their efforts to remain technology leaders, says Solovy.

President Bush has pledged to establish an EMR system within 10 years and has appointed an IT coordinator to guide health care organizations toward improving IT infrastructure. Results from the 2004 survey show that the 100 Most Wired hospitals are striving to achieve this goal. The entire report is available at www.hhnmag.com.

Analysis from this year’s survey results shows:

  • 90% of the Most Wired provide physician and clinician access to the current medical record online;
  • 87% offer physician and clinician access to the online medical history;
  • 88% offer physician and clinician online access to patient demographics; and
  • 69% offer physician and clinician online access to nurses’ notes.

In addition, these hospitals are taking the lead in providing EMR for clinician review. Of the 2004 Most Wired hospitals:

  • 88% offer online lab results review;
  • 90% offer online radiology report review; and
  • 84% have radiology image review.

The 100 Most Wired are the organizations that scored highest on the survey. The 25 Most Wired—Small and Rural (which is the list to which Georgetown Hospital System was named) are small and rural organizations not appearing on the 100 Most Wired list that scored highest on the survey.

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