July 10, 2006

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University of Pennsylvania Health System Named “Most Wired” for Sixth Year in a Row

(Philadelphia, PA) - For the sixth year in a row, the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) has been named one of the top 100 “Most Wired” health systems, according to the results of the 2006 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released today in the July issue of Hospital & Health Networks Magazine.

According to the survey, the nation's “Most Wired” hospitals and health systems are using information technology to improve quality of care, patient satisfaction, and patient safety by streamlining business and clinical practices to reduce medical errors and improve clinical outcomes.

“We are very excited to have been recognized for the sixth year in a row as a pioneer in health care information technology,” says George Brenckle, PhD, Chief Information Officer of UPHS. “Our status as a “Most Wired” health system reinforces the UPHS mission of providing national leadership in patient care and service excellence. We will continue to innovatively implement technology to improve patient safety and quality of care.”

The survey reveals that, compared with other organizations, “Most Wired” hospitals and health systems conduct more pre- and post-implementation evaluations of IT projects; maintain a larger proportion of their medical records in paperless format; provide digital imaging to more clinical disciplines in a wider range of settings; employ broader set of telemedicine services; and deploy more educational resources for staff.

Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association, has named the top “Most Wired” hospitals and health systems since 1999. The 2006 survey was conducted in cooperation with Accenture, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.


PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

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