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Hospitals Recognized as Nation's 100 Most Wired

Thursday, July 17, 2008 General News J E 4
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SPOKANE, Wash., July 17 Connecting physicians and patientsthrough wired and wireless networks earned 18 hospitals the distinction ofbeing among the most technologically advanced hospitals in the country,according to Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. Hospitals and HealthNetworks surveyed more than 1,327 hospitals to name the "100 Most Wired"hospitals in the 2008 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study.

Three hospitals received separate Most Wired recognition includingKootenai Medical Center in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho for Most Wired and MostWireless, Mason General Hospital in Shelton, Washington for Most Wired --Small and Rural, and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington forMost Wired. The additional 15 hospitals were grouped into regions under InlandNorthwest Health Services for purposes of the 2008 Most Wired recognition.

Most Wired hospitals are connected by Inland Northwest Health Services(INHS). INHS connects 38 hospitals through a health information technologynetwork, which allows physicians and healthcare staff to securely accesspatient information utilizing wired and wireless technology. The INHS healthinformation technology network includes more than 4,000 physicians, 450clinics and physician offices and 2.8 million electronic medical records.

"INHS continues to transform regional health care systems through thecreative application of information technology and the strategic use of sharedservices," said Tom Fritz, Chief Executive Officer of Inland Northwest HealthServices. "Our success is due to hospitals and physicians' willingness toadopt and embrace health information technology. Those hospitals and staffare now being recognized for their continuing efforts in adopting theseapplications and technology."

Information is stored in an integrated database managed by INHS. Itcurrently stores more than 2.8 million patient records and includes all dataassociated with hospital inpatient and emergency room visits includingphysician orders, medication information, laboratory data, and radiologicalimages. Physicians can access patient information from any location at anytime, allowing more time to spend with patients, and less time filling outpaperwork.

Inland Northwest Health Services, non-profit corporation sponsored byDeaconess Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Centerand Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Spokane, Washington for providingcollaboration in health care services. INHS companies and services includeInformation Resource Management, St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute,Northwest MedStar, Northwest TeleHealth, and additional services. For moreinformation, visit http://www.inhs.org.

SOURCE Inland Northwest Health Services
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