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August 6, 2001


Philadelphia, PA - The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) has been named one of the nation's 100 Most Wired hospitals and health care systems by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. This prestigious award is based on the third annual survey, developed in conjunction with Deloitte Consulting and McKessonHBOC, which polled the nation's health care systems on their use of Internet technologies to connect with patients, physicians and nurses, payors, health plans and employees.

"By now, almost everyone agrees that better communication means better efficiency, productivity, and patient care," said Robert Martin, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of UPHS. "A 'wired' health system facilitates the seamless processing and retrieval of patient information and allows our patients to feel confident in our abilities to care for them while respecting their privacy."

Hospitals & Health Networks worked with two leading firms-Deloitte Consulting and McKessonHBOC-to develop an in-depth eight-page survey that was sent to every hospital in the United States. The survey examines the use of Internet technologies to connect hospitals with patients, doctors and nurses, employees, payors and health plans. Results from the survey were used to name the 100 Most Wired. More than 280 hospitals and health systems responded to the survey, representing 1,177 hospitals.

For the first time, the magazine took the analysis one step further. "We took the Most Wired data and asked if there is any benefit to being a leader," said Alden Solovy, executive editor, Hospitals & Health Networks, Chicago. "Along with higher credit ratings, the Most Wired have greater expense control and more productivity."

The 100 Most Wired were named in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks.

"Few places in the business world have not been affected by the 'wired' technologies," said Martin, "but it's fair to say that in no place is it more critical than the healthcare industry - where patients put their faith in us to use technologies appropriately to improve our delivery of care."


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The University of Pennsylvania Health System is distinguished not only by its historical significance - first hospital (1751), first medical school (1765), first university teaching hospital (1874), first fully integrated academic health system (1993) - but by its position as a major player on the world stage of medicine in the 21st century. Committed to a three-part mission of education, research, and clinical excellence, UPHS has excelled in all three areas. This year, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine was ranked third among all U.S. medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. Penn ranked second among all American medical schools that received funds from the National Institutes of Health, perhaps the single most important barometer of research strength.





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