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CPH Named Most Wired Hospital 2010 - Small & Rural - Archived
CHICAGO – Central Peninsula Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s MOST WIRED—SMALL AND RURAL HOSPITALS, according to the results of the 2010 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Hospitals understand the importance of health information technology (IT) and the benefits of its widespread adoption, yet as a field still face significant barriers to implementation according to a newly released survey of America's Most Wired hospitals and health systems.

Survey results speak to the fact that the full potential of health IT has not been met and that the use of electronic medical record (EHR) functions is still not widespread, even with independent physicians who practice within hospitals. For Most Wired hospitals, only 43 percent of independent physician practices have the ability to electronically document medical records, 41 percent have computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and 44 percent have decision support.

"We are proud to announce that we were recently designated as one of the "Most Wired Hospitals" for 2010”, comments CPH Chief Financial Officer Jason Paret. “This designation means that we have been recognized for our achievements in infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and the care continuum as they relate to information technology in healthcare. Over twelve hundred hospitals were surveyed for this designation, and we were considered one of the "25 Most Wired - Small and Rural" hospitals for 2010. At our hospital, we will continue to invest in technologies that allow us to provide the best care possible and take health IT to the next level."

“The health information technology industry is very dynamic, requiring our staff to maintain the most up-to-date knowledge and expertise to manage our growing needs for IT,” explains CPH Information Technology Director Brian Downs. “I am very proud of our staff for their efforts in supporting the technology needs of the organization. This award would not have been possible without their dedication and the vision and support of hospital leadership.”

The 2010 Most Wired Survey is redesigned this year to reflect two years of work with an advisory group to continually improve the Most Wired Survey. The 2010 Most Wired Survey represents a new structure and methodology with an increased use of analytics and reporting. The advisory group was comprised of leaders from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), chief information officers, Most Wired staff and vendors. Additionally, the new methodology was made available to the entire CHIME membership for review and comment.

Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2010 survey in cooperation with McKesson Corporation and CHIME. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 38,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

About the Most Wired Survey
Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the AHA, conducts the voluntary Most Wired Survey annually which uses the results to name Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It is based on organizations’ level of achievement in four focus areas: Business and Administrative Management, Clinical Quality and Safety, Care Continuum and Infrastructure.

McKesson Corporation is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. 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 healthcare in the communities they serve.