Philadelphia, PA - The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) has been named one of the nation's 100 Most Wired hospitals and health care systems by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. This prestigious award is based on the third annual survey, developed in conjunction with Deloitte Consulting and McKessonHBOC, which polled the nation's health care systems on their use of Internet technologies to connect with patients, physicians and nurses, payors, health plans and employees.

"By now, almost everyone agrees that better communication means better efficiency, productivity, and patient care," said Robert Martin, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of UPHS. "A 'wired' health system facilitates the seamless processing and retrieval of patient information and allows our patients to feel confident in our abilities to care for them while respecting their privacy."

Hospitals & Health Networks worked with two leading firms-Deloitte Consulting and McKessonHBOC-to develop an in-depth eight-page survey that was sent to every hospital in the United States. The survey examines the use of Internet technologies to connect hospitals with patients, doctors and nurses, employees, payors and health plans. Results from the survey were used to name the 100 Most Wired. More than 280 hospitals and health systems responded to the survey, representing 1,177 hospitals.

For the first time, the magazine took the analysis one step further. "We took the Most Wired data and asked if there is any benefit to being a leader," said Alden Solovy, executive editor, Hospitals & Health Networks, Chicago. "Along with higher credit ratings, the Most Wired have greater expense control and more productivity."

The 100 Most Wired were named in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks.

"Few places in the business world have not been affected by the 'wired' technologies," said Martin, "but it's fair to say that in no place is it more critical than the healthcare industry - where patients put their faith in us to use technologies appropriately to improve our delivery of care."

 

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The University of Pennsylvania Health System is distinguished not only by its historical significance - first hospital (1751), first medical school (1765), first university teaching hospital (1874), first fully integrated academic health system (1993) - but by its position as a major player on the world stage of medicine in the 21st century. Committed to a three-part mission of education, research, and clinical excellence, UPHS has excelled in all three areas. This year, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine was ranked third among all U.S. medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. Penn ranked second among all American medical schools that received funds from the National Institutes of Health, perhaps the single most important barometer of research strength.

 

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $6.7 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.