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  Children’s National Medical Center Named One of the 100 ‘Most Wired’ Hospitals
July 14, 2003

Washington, D.C. – Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) has been named one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the 2003 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, released by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

“Hospitals are empowering patients with information and providing tools to doctors and nurses to improve quality,” says Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association, which has named the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems annually for five years.

"We are pleased to receive this distinction." said Kelly R. Styles, Chief Information Officer, Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. “We have been working tirelessly to improve our administrative and clinical workflow processes by pursuing and implementing some significant e-health solutions. This is only the beginning. Last year, we began a Clinical Transformation Initiative designed to enhance the clinical information infrastructure of CNMC. The implementation of some newer information systems and their associated integrated technologies will lead to increased patient safety and enhanced clinical outcomes."

The 100 Most Wired are providing Web-based patient education at the bedside, disease-specific self-assessments online and are linking clinical equipment to feed patient readings directly into the medical record. “Patient care is at the heart of these initiatives,” Solovy says. “The nation’s 100 Most Wired hospitals are emphasizing clinical quality and patient services in their efforts to remain technology leaders.”

The survey was conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks, in cooperation with McKesson Corporation and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). It measures the nation’s hospitals on their use of Internet technologies for safety and quality, customer service, disaster readiness, business processes and workforce issues.

“Hospitals are investing in IT to help them achieve their strategic objectives, especially in the areas of quality, safety and efficiency,” says Barry P. Chaiken, M.D., vice president, medical affairs, for the Information Solutions division of McKesson. “There’s a strong and growing recognition of the value that comes from having the right information at the point of care. That value takes the form of greater care team efficiency, less variability and fewer errors, and ultimately improved health outcomes.”

Results from the survey were used to name the 100 Most Wired, the 25 Most Improved, the 25 Most Wireless and the 25 Most Wired—Small and Rural. More than 400 health systems responded to the survey, representing 1,128 hospitals or 19 percent of U.S. hospitals.

The 100 Most Wired are the organizations that scored highest on the survey. The 25 Most Wireless are those that scored highest on the survey questions specific to wireless applications. The 25 Most Improved are organizations not appearing on the 100 Most Wired list whose score improved the most from 2002 to 2003. The 25 Most Wired—Small and Rural are small and rural organizations not appearing on the 100 Most Wired list that scored highest on the survey. Ties in the Most Wireless and Most Wired—Small and Rural categories resulted in longer lists.

Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association, conducts the Most Wired survey annually. McKesson Information Solutions is a division of McKesson Corporation, the leading provider of supply, information and care management products and services designed to reduce costs and improve quality across health care. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society provides leadership for the management of technology, information and change.