Northwestern Memorial Named one of the "100 Most Wired Hospitals"
Designation Exemplifies Efforts to Positively Impact Patient Care through Innovative IT Strategies
Northwestern Memorial Hospital has once again been named one of the "100 Most Wired Hospitals" as designated by Hospitals & Health Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association. This is the seventh 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.
“Being recognized as a ‘Most Wired’ hospital for the seventh time is a reflection of our ongoing 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. “Examples of this can be seen throughout the organization, including within the new Prentice Women’s Hospital, which will bring many exciting IT advancements for our patients.”
The new Prentice Women’s Hospital at Northwestern Memorial opens Oct. 20 and will feature several IT advancements to further enhance the patient experience, including a state-of-the art wireless nurse call system that facilitates both caregiver-to-caregiver and patient-to-caregiver communication, allowing immediate response and increased levels of communication. The new facility will offer an in room patient services system that provides 24-hour access to patient education materials, hospital information, Internet and entertainment options all at the touch of a button.
The "Most Wired" awards are based on survey results from more than 1,200 hospital and health systems around the country. Northwestern Memorial is one of six hospitals in Illinois named to the 2007 list. The July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks detailing the results can be found at www.hhnmag.com.