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August 28, 2003

UPMC earns ‘most wired’ honors for 5th time

For the fifth year in a row, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has been named one of the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems in the United States, according to the 2003 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association.

UPMC is one of only 15 organizations nationwide that have made the list all five years of the awards that recognize “technically savvy” hospitals. It is the only institution in the region to achieve this distinction.

The designation is based on a survey developed in cooperation with McKesson Information Solutions, Qwest Communications International and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society. The survey and benchmarking study measures the nation’s health care systems on their use of Internet technologies to connect with patients, physicians, payors, health plans and employees.

UPMC has made a substantial financial commitment toward an information technology initiative to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of patient care, and reduce medical errors and duplication of services. The centerpiece of the project is the development of a system-wide electronic health record.

The initiative also involves the development and system-wide deployment of technologies that impact access to care, such as scheduling of appointments, registration for clinical services, insurance eligibility management; business practices, including billing, claims and contract management, and resource planning, such as purchasing, materials management and payroll.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 36 Issue 1

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