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Via Christi Health named 2011 Most Wired health system
For release: Immediately Contact: Katie Sroka, Health Forum (312) 893-6887, mostwired@healthforum.com Mike McLaughlin (316) 858-4917, mike.mclaughlin@viachristi.org

WICHITA, KAN. (July 28, 2011) – Via Christi Health has been recognized among the nation’s Most Wired health systems, according to the results of the 2011 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

As a field, the survey reports, the Most Wired health systems and hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting certain information technology, such as computerized physician order entry, to promote improved patient care and data collection.

“We are committed to the adoption of technology that improves patient care and satisfaction,” says Kirk Swilley, interim chief information officer for Via Christi Health. “While there is much more to accomplish, the Most Wired award recognizes our capabilities and efforts, and the result of our commitment to provide patients and caregivers with IT systems to support providing quality health care and to support our Mission to serve as a healing presence.”

Among the survey’s key findings this year: • Sixty-seven percent of Most Wired health systems and hospitals ordered medications electronically in comparison to 46 percent of the total responders. • Eighty-six percent of Most Wired health systems and hospitals reported that they have implemented computerized standing orders based on treatment protocols that have been scientifically proven to be effective; Fifty-eight percent of all organizations have implemented such standing orders. • A greater reliance on digital records puts pressure on chief information officers to ensure that data can be restored quickly in the event that systems go down. Eighty-two percent of the Most Wired hospitals and 57 percent of all surveyed hospitals can restore clinical data within 24 hours after a power loss. • Most Wired hospitals are leading in the use of encryption on movable devices to safeguard information. All Most Wired hospitals encrypt data for laptops and 76 percent encrypt smart phones in comparison to 85 percent of total responders that use encryption on laptops and 57 percent on smart phones.

“Greater adoption of information technology can bring important new tools to our efforts to improve the safety and quality of care in hospitals, and better coordinate care across settings,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. “To promote further use of information technology, we are aggressively working to remove regulatory barriers, and provide clarity in areas such as the meaningful use criteria.”,/p>

Hospitals & Health Networks’ Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their information technology initiatives. Respondents completed 530 surveys, representing 1,388 hospitals, or roughly 24 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

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“Most hospitals look beyond short-term drivers of meaningful use and view technology as part of a powerful toolkit to support their long-term goals for clinical quality improvement and preparation for reform,” says Patrick Blake, executive vice president and group president, McKesson Technology Solutions, a sponsor of the survey. “Using all aspects of an electronic health record, including computerized physician order entry, is becoming the expected standard of care in many communities. As a result, we continue to see growth in those areas.”

Strides are also being made in the integration of the electronic health records with digital clinical imaging, according to survey results. Progress in the areas of digital dictation, structured reporting, and voice recognition with picture archiving and communication systems is also being made. Under these systems, clinicians receive faster diagnostic results that can improve aspects of patient care.

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About the AHA The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 42,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.

About the Most Wired Survey The 2011 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, HIT Exchange, the College of Health care Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the American Hospital Association.

About the Sponsors McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a health care services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of health care run better. The company partners with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, health care information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit http://www.mckesson.com HIT Exchange magazine covers the health IT landscape from both business and technology perspectives, connecting health care executives who set the course for their organizations and the IT and clinical leaders implementing these strategies.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior health care IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 70 health care IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and health care in the communities they serve.

About Via Christi Health Via Christi Health, a Catholic-sponsored ministry affiliated with Marian Health System and Ascension Health, is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. Via Christi employs more than 10,000 in its hospitals, senior villages, physician offices and health services. In fiscal year 2010, it provided more than $82.8 million in community benefit to those it serves, including the poor. Visit viachristi.org.

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