Penn Medicine was recently recognized as one of the “Most Wired” health care organizations in the US. This prestigious award, sponsored by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine, recognizes US hospitals and health systems for excellence in information technology by measuring their level of information technology adoption throughout their organization.
For Penn Medicine, the award highlights the successful efforts of many people who implement and leverage technology to improve the care provided to our patients. In recent years, these efforts included the introduction of an integrated ambulatory electronic medical record and practice management solution among all physician practices, deployment of an inpatient clinical documentation solution and the most recent activation of an integrated operating room management system.
The award also recognizes the benefits associated with the deployment and adoption of these new technologies. Once again, Penn Medicine is recognized as an industry technology leader through the deployment of disease specific surveillance solutions, clinical decision support, clinical alerts, and real time patient safety and quality dashboards.
The technical efforts associated with attaining such an award are significant. The Penn Medicine Information Services Infrastructure, Application and Project Management Office representatives have worked tirelessly to ensure stability in these patient centric solutions. Equally important is the operational participation and commitment provided by the user community to ensure these technologies are designed and implemented in a manner that will fit with their clinical workflow and drive ongoing benefits. This teamwork between Information Services and Operations has become a cornerstone for success across Penn Medicine.
In upcoming years, Penn Medicine seeks to drive further integration of patient data through the deployment of additional common systems. This strategy will provide our clinicians with more integrated data and advanced support for a patient’s continuum of care throughout the ambulatory, inpatient and homecare environments.