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One of the Nation’s Most Wired Hospitals

Rush Oak Park Hospital recognized as one of 200-plus hospitals in the nation to earn this year’s Most Wired designation.

Oak Park, IL (July 12, 2012) — Rush Oak Park Hospital has been named one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to results of Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN) magazine’s 2012 Most Wired Survey. Survey results are included in the July issue of H&HN.

Implementing the Epic electronic medical records system last year for all patients seamlessly linked Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush University Medical Center, creating one record for every patient in the Rush system and making each record immediately available to all Rush physicians. Rush Oak Park Hospital also launched an online billing system last year and continues to utilize social media for community outreach and communication. Leading the way in adopting and using health information technology in these meaningful ways improves patient safety, care and communication as well as the overall efficiency of services that Rush Oak Park Hospital delivers.

“As part of our mission, we are constantly striving to provide high-quality health care and are committed to investing in information technology,” said Rush Oak Park Hospital President and CEO Bruce Elegant. “We are proud to be named a Most Wired hospital and to see the integrated electronic medical records system paying off, especially knowing that it ultimately translates to improvements in the quality of care and patient safety we provide.”

The 2012 H&HN survey focused on four core areas required for the Most Wired designation: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. This year 662 completed surveys represented 1,570 hospitals; of these, Rush Oak Park Hospital was one of more than 200 that met the Most Wired criteria.

“Equipping caregivers with the information needed to drive quality, safety and efficiency will continue to be an imperative as the challenges facing health systems grow increasingly complex,” said Pat Blake, president, McKesson Technology Solutions. “The effective use of health IT, including actionable analytics and connectivity, can be a strategic lever as hospitals and health systems work to drive better outcomes while managing capacity, reducing costs, and coordinating care across multiple settings and caregivers.”

H&HN is the journal of the American Hospital Association. The Most Wired Survey was done in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association. For more information and complete results, please see the cover story in H&HN at www.hhnmag.com