(Philadelphia, 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 and employees.

"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 800 hospitals.

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 nurses."

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 reliable fashion."

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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 $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.

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