WVUH is Noted for Information Technology Use

Named one of 25 “most improved” in U.S. survey

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals has been named one of the 25 hospitals in the United States showing the greatest improvement in the use of information technology to provide better patient care and safety, according to Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.

This is a recognition of the hospital’s continuing efforts to leverage technology to improve patient safety and quality,” said Michael Balassone, vice president for information technology and chief information officer for WVUH.

Hospitals & Health Networks each year names 100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems. The list is based a survey that asks hospitals to report their use of information technology to address five key areas: safety and quality, customer service, business processes, workforce, and public health and safety. This year, 502 hospitals and health systems representing 1,255 hospitals participated in the survey.

WVUH was named to the “Most Improved” list --the 25 organizations not appearing on the “Most Wired” list whose score improved the most from 2004 to 2005.

According to the magazine, “the nation's 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems have, on average, risk-adjusted mortality rates that are 7.2 percent lower than other hospitals. The conclusion is valid at the 99 percent confidence level and remains valid even after controlling the data for the size of the hospital and teaching status.”

The article describing the “Most Wired” survey is available in today’s (July 13) issue of Hospitals & Health Networks, which is online at www.hhnmag.com.

WVU Hospitals, along with University Health Associates, is in the final stages of selecting a new information system that will allow physicians, nurses and administrative personnel to share important patient information and health data across the campus.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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