Northwestern Memorial Named Among the '100 Most Wired' Hospitals in the Nation for the Eighth Year
Designation Exemplifies Efforts to Enhance Patient Care through Innovative IT Strategies
Northwestern Memorial Hospital has once again been named one of the "100 Most Wired Hospitals" in the nation, as designated by Hospitals & Health Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association. This is the eighth year that Northwestern Memorial has been recognized by the publication for its effective use of information technology to achieve clinical and operational excellence.
Organizations named to this prestigious list excel in the use of information technology to address safety and quality issues, customer service, business processes, workforce and public health and safety. Northwestern Memorial has been named a winner in two categories, the “100 Most Wired” and “Most Wireless,” an honor given to the 25 organizations who received the highest marks for use of wireless applications.
“It is an honor to be recognized as one of the nation’s ‘Most Wired’ hospitals and a reflection of our commitment to use information technology to advance the quality, safety and efficiency of the patient care experience at Northwestern Memorial”, says Tim Zoph, vice president and chief information officer at Northwestern Memorial. “We have made numerous technology enhancements throughout our campus in the last year, particularly within the Prentice Women’s Hospital, where we’ve created a technology friendly environment for patients and families through the use of wireless patient-to-caregiver communication and interactive televisions that bring internet access and patient education to the bedside.”
The “Most Wired” awards are based on survey results from more than 1,300 hospital and health systems around the country. Northwestern Memorial is one of only six hospitals in Illinois to make the 2008 “100 Most Wired” list and one of only two to make the 2008 “Most Wireless” ranking. The July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks detailing the results can be found online at www.hhnmag.com.