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Virginia Mason named a ‘Most Wired’ health system for fourth straight year

SEATTLE – (July 14, 2015) – Virginia Mason has been named one of the “Most Wired” health systems in the nation for the fourth consecutive year by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the publication of the American Hospital Association.

The 17th annual Most Wired Award, announced in the magazine’s July edition, recognizes organizations that are leaders in leveraging information technology (IT) for clinical decision support, safety and the overall patient experience. View the 2015 list of Most Wired Award winners: http://www.hhnmostwired.com/winners/PDFs/2015/MostWired_2015.pdf.

“This recognition is a testament to the pursuit of excellence that distinguishes teams across our organization supporting IT solutions that improve the overall patient experience,” said Bill Poppy, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Virginia Mason.

Virginia Mason achievements with clinical information technology include a computerized physician order entry system, an integrated inpatient and outpatient electronic health record, a barcode system to mistake-proof medication administration, electronic imaging of paper records and a secure Web portal called MyVirginiaMason, for which 110,000 individuals have enrolled to date. Using this 24-hour online resource, patients can view lab results, renew prescriptions and access a summary of their medications, allergies, immunizations and medical issues.

Virginia Mason has been on the Most Wired list since 2012.

About Virginia Mason Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs approximately 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 480 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website: www.VirginiaMason.org.

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Media Contact: Gale Robinette Virginia Mason Media Relations (206) 341-1509 gale.robinette@VirginiaMason.org