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Published on August 06, 2008

Mercy Medical Center named 2008 Most Wired hospital

CEDAR RAPIDS-Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th St. SE, has been named one of the nation's MOST IMPROVED and MOST WIRED INNOVATOR award winners, according to the results of the 2008 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The 100 Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures through the use of information technology (IT), according to a new analysis.  Marking its 10th year, the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study continues to lead the field in analyses and benchmarking of healthcare IT. 

"The Most Wired awards reflect our on-going investment in patient and provider-focused technologies, and our significant progress in moving Mercy Medical Center towards being a fully digital hospital" says Jeff Cash, Sr. Vice President and CIO for Mercy Medical Center.

The Most Wired Innovator award, Cash says, is a testament to the innovative work Mercy has done as an independent regional hospital, to leverage existing hospital information systems into a physician-friendly clinical portal that rivals the systems used by physicians at some of the nation's largest teaching hospitals.  A panel of judges chose Mercy for this award.

"Health Information Technology (IT) has shown incredible promise in helping us improve the quality and safety of the care hospitals deliver every day," said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. "The results of the Most Wired survey confirm that today's patient also understands the benefits of IT in improving care and improving the overall hospital experience."

"These results add to the growing evidence that the appropriate use of IT can enhance both quality and patient satisfaction," said Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. "Most Wired hospitals are proving the fundamental value of information technology."

The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation's hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.

Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2008 survey 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 http://www.hhnmag.com/hhnmag_app/jsp/articledisplay.jsp?dcrpath=HHNMAG/Article/data/07JUL2008/0807HHN_CoverStory_Landing&domain=.

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