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July 24, 2002

Penn Health System Named One Of Nation's 100 "Most Wired"

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) has been named one of the nation's 100 "Most Wired" hospitals and health systems by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. The distinguished award is based on a survey that measures the nation's health care systems on their use of Internet technologies to connect with patients, physicians and nurses, payors, health plans and employees.

"One of the most important steps for improving the delivery of healthcare is making the appropriate information available at the right time and in the right place," said George Brenckle, PhD, Chief Information Officer of UPHS. "Being a wired health system is just the first step in our efforts to collect, store, protect and communicate the information needed to deliver the highest quality of care."

Hospitals & Health Networks worked with two leading firms - McKesson Information Solutions and Qwest Communication International to develop the in-depth survey that was sent to every hospital in the United States. Results of the survey were used to name the 100 "Most Wired." More than 300 hospitals and health systems responded to the survey, representing 800 hospitals.

Analysis of the data shows that large gaps exist between services offered by the "Most Wired" and less wired organizations. "This year's survey shows that "Most Wired" organizations continue to commit employees and money to their info tech investments," says Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospitals & Health Networks. "This is reflected in the large gaps in penetration of key technologies, as well as in communication among patients, doctors and nurses."

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

"We have only begun to access the advantages of being a wired system," said Brenckle. " We will continue our focus on providing appropriate information to our clinicians, staff and patients in a timely and reliable fashion."

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