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Published on August 08, 2006

Georgetown Hospital System named to 2006 Most Wired Hospital national list

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Most Wired Hospitals lead the field in consumer-directed health care

Georgetown, SC – Georgetown Hospital System has been named on the nation’s Most Wired – Small and Rural, according to the results of the 2006 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, which has named the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems since 1999.

“We are extremely proud of receiving this national award for the second time. This designation 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. “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.

The nations 100 Most Wired hospitals are using information technology to improve quality, satisfaction and patient care by investing in technology to streamline business and clinical practices; to reduce medical errors; to improve clinical outcomes, as follows:

  • 99 percent of the Most Wired hospitals provide digital radiology images in the hospital inpatient setting, compared with 72 percent of the Least Wired hospitals
  • 92 percent of the medical records at Most Wired hospitals are available digitally, compared with 61 percent at Least Wired hospitals;
  • 36 percent of medications are ordered electronically by physicians in Most Wired hospitals, compare with 2 percent among Least Wired hospitals

“As consumers become increasingly involved in their health care decisions, the Most Wired hospitals are providing technology infrastructure necessary to address their needs,” said Lewis Redd, managing director of Accenture’s Health & Life Sciences Provider practice in North America. “This investment in clinical systems technology helps enable high-performance providers to deliver higher-quality results and better services to their patients and consumers.”

“Connected care often leads to better care, driven by the adoption of technologies that help to enhance decision making and caregiver coordination,” says Pamela Pure, president of McKesson Provider Technologies. “Over the next five years, we expect to see significant growth in the use of technology that also enhance collaboration outside the hospital, and that makes the consumer and patient experience more convenient and connected.”

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 of information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.

Hospital & Health Networks conducted the 2006 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

The 100 Most Wired hospitals 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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