Medical Center among top 25 connected health care facilities

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has received a 2011 Health Imaging and IT Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities award. The award is given annually by Health Imaging and IT magazine to institutions that demonstrate extensively developed clinical image distribution systems and advanced electronic medical records (EMR). This is the sixth time Penn State Hershey Medical Center has received this award.

Factors contributing to the award include the integration of the Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) and the EMR, the Health Information Management Systems Society EMR adoption stage, the number of physicians and referring physicians with remote access to clinical images and patient data, the number of methods for physician access, and the number and breadth of clinical IT systems. The Medical Center has developed a system that automatically imports patient images at the first point of contact, adding a local medical record number. Images are transferred to the Picture Archiving Communications System for side-by-side viewing with local images.

The award also cites Penn State Hershey for its use of an automated peer review, which randomly selects 5 percent of cases for review to ensure quality and consistency.

“Our investment in electronic health records supports our efforts to enhance the quality and safety of patient care,” said Harold L. Paz, chief executive officer of the Medical Center, senior vice president for health affairs, Penn State, and dean, Penn State College of Medicine. “Being a leader and innovator in health care IT is a vital part of our commitment to provide state-of-the-art care to our patients and to educate the next generation of health care providers.”

In describing the attributes of award winners, Health Imaging and IT says: “Health Imaging and IT’s Top Connected class of 2011 is an illustrious group. Several previous winners have re-appeared and demonstrated their continued commitment to imaging connectivity across the enterprise, reporting ongoing gains in various metrics, such as turn-around time and operating costs. One common theme across our repeat winners? They are leveraging data to inform strategic decisions and monitor results. It’s a business model to be replicated.”

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Last Updated August 11, 2011