PA) -- The University of Pennsylvania Health System
(UPHS) has been named one of the nation's 100 "Most
Wired" hospitals and health systems by Hospitals
& Health Networks, the journal of the American
Hospital Association. The distinguished award is based
on a survey that measures the nation's health care systems
on their use of Internet technologies to connect with
patients, physicians and nurses, payors, health plans
"One of the most important steps for improving
the delivery of healthcare is making the appropriate
information available at the right time and in the right
place," said George Brenckle, PhD, Chief
Information Officer of UPHS. "Being a wired health
system is just the first step in our efforts to collect,
store, protect and communicate the information needed
to deliver the highest quality of care."
Hospitals & Health Networks worked with two
leading firms - McKesson Information Solutions and Qwest
Communication International to develop the in-depth
survey that was sent to every hospital in the United
States. Results of the survey were used to name the
100 "Most Wired." More than 300 hospitals
and health systems responded to the survey, representing
Analysis of the data shows that large gaps exist between
services offered by the "Most Wired" and less
wired organizations. "This year's survey shows
that "Most Wired" organizations continue to
commit employees and money to their info tech investments,"
says Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospitals
& Health Networks. "This is reflected in
the large gaps in penetration of key technologies, as
well as in communication among patients, doctors and
The 100 "Most Wired" are named in the July
issue of Hospitals & Health Networks.
"We have only begun to access the advantages of
being a wired system," said Brenckle. " We
will continue our focus on providing appropriate information
to our clinicians, staff and patients in a timely and
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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 $5.3 billion enterprise.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 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 $373 million awarded in the 2015 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 Chestnut Hill Hospital and 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 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.