Heritage Valley Health System Named a Finalist for Microsoft Healthcare User Group Award

Saturday, February 2, 2008 General News
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BEAVER, Pa., Feb. 1 Heritage Valley Health System has beennamed a finalist for the 2008 Microsoft Healthcare User Group annual MS-HUGHealthcare Innovation Award for Clinical Records -- Inpatient. HeritageValley is competing against two other finalists for the award. They areHospital Sao Sebastiano from Portugal and the Vanderbilt University MedicalCenter Department of Anesthesiology.

Heritage Valley and their development partner Athena Technologies arebeing recognized for their Mobile Clinical Access Portal (M-CAP) solutionwhich is a secure wireless handheld solution providing physicians with 3 yearsof on-line clinical data from any WIFI or Broadband connection point. The M-CAP solution provides a cross continuum view of their patients and theirelectronic health record.

Dave Carleton, chief information officer of Heritage Valley said, "We aretruly honored to be selected as a finalist for this global award. Beingnominated for this award validates our ability to develop and implementinformation technology as a critical enabling tool to achieving nationalleadership in patient care."

The MS-HUG Healthcare Innovation Awards showcases how organizations usetechnology to enhance and transform the quality of patient care, reduce costs,streamline clinical and business processes, drive interoperability, improveproductivity and workflow, and enable informed decisions.

The MS-HUG Healthcare Innovation Awards are presented annually to thehealthcare organization and technology solutions partner -- with which it hascollaborated -- that best demonstrates industry leadership in using technologyto achieve innovation excellence. Finalists are judged primarily on thefollowing three criteria. First, does the innovation represent a breakthroughfrom the industry's historical approaches? Second, does the innovation gobeyond incremental improvements on technologies that already exist? Third,does the innovation measurably improve significant business and/or clinicalprocesses that positively impact patient care?

Norm Mitry, president and chief executive officer of Heritage Valleyadded, "The vision of our health system is to be a leader among communityhealth systems nationally through a high quality seamless integrated deliverynetwork. Being selected as a finalist demonstrates our board's vision andcommitment, our physician's leadership, and our senior team's ability toexecute and support innovative solutions that enhance patient care byproviding the right information at the right place at the right time."

About Heritage Valley Health System

Heritage Valley Health System provides comprehensive health care forresidents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania;eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with morethan 500 physicians, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgicaland diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Beaver, andHeritage Valley Sewickley; in physician offices; and community satellitefacilities. Additional information about Heritage Valley Health System isavailable online at www.heritagevalley.org.

SOURCE Heritage Valley Health System

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