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PHILADELPHIA – For the seventh consecutive year, Penn Medicine’s Information Services (IS) have been recognized on the Healthcare’s Most Wired list compiled by CHIME (the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives). It is the 15th time overall that Penn Medicine IS has made the list that recognizes hospitals and health systems that embrace and maximize technology to support the delivery of care.

This year, Penn Medicine achieved “Level 8” status," meaning that it is among the organizations that “have deployed technologies and strategies…to help them analyze their data and are starting to achieve meaningful clinical and efficiency outcomes,” according to the official designation.

“More and more, organizations are recognized not only for the technologies they implement, but also for the manner in which these technologies are adopted by front-line staff in order to drive improved outcomes,” said Michael Restuccia, chief information officer of Penn Medicine. “This recognition at one of the highest levels of the Most Wired survey further exemplifies the unique collaboration that exists between our end-users—those in the clinics, caring for and engaging directly with patients—and Information Services for the betterment of our patients and our community.”

Penn Medicine IS has taken a critical role in the research conducted by faculty in the health system, providing and supporting the technologies required to produce high-end, meaningful results. That includes the expansion and relaunch of the Penn Data Store, which provides years of data in an easily accessible dashboard that also includes a “storefront” containing analytics resources. Additionally, IS has been a key player in the expansion of precision medicine into patient care, helping to integrate things like genetic results into the electronic health record.

C. William Hanson III, MD, chief medical information officer at Penn Medicine, pointed out that the CHIME recognition comes in the same year that Penn Medicine achieved the highest certification from HIMSS (the Health Information Management Systems Society) Analytics.

“Both awards speak to our investments in information technology and the degree to which our digital systems have been integrated to enhance patient care and the efficiency with which it’s delivered,” he said.

Moving forward, IS will be actively supporting expansions within the health system by providing services, software and technology throughout 2020 at locations including Chester County Hospital for its new inpatient facility and Penn Medicine Radnor, a multi-specialty clinic, as well as in 2021 for the opening of the Pavilion in University City.

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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 $7.8 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 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 $425 million awarded in the 2018 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 Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Home Care and Hospice Services, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 40,000 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2018, Penn Medicine provided more than $525 million to benefit our community.

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