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‘Most Connected Hospital:’ Virginia Mason Recognized by U.S. News

SEATTLE – (OCT. 15, 2015) — Virginia Mason, a leader in using digital technology to help meet the needs of its patients, is included on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Most Connected Hospitals of 2015-16, the publication announced today.

In all, only 159 of the more than 5,600 hospitals in the United States made the list.

“We are proud to be recognized by U.S. News for our continuous efforts to leverage technology in smart ways that support high quality care and patient safety,” said Bill Poppy, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Virginia Mason.

Virginia Mason’s achievements in clinical information technology include an integrated inpatient and outpatient electronic health record with computerized physician order entry, embedded clinical decision support and a barcode system to mistake-proof medication administration; and a secure patient portal, called MyVirginiaMason, for which more than 110,000 individuals have enrolled. Using this 24-hour online resource, patients can schedule appointments, view lab results, renew prescriptions and access a summary of their medications, allergies, immunizations and medical issues.

To identify the Most Connected Hospitals, U.S. News analyzed 56 variables from the most recent American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement, an IT survey AHA administers to hospitals nationwide. The chosen variables spanning three areas of medicine where electronic connectedness can make a difference to patients were: clinical connectedness; patient engagement; and patient safety. U.S. News assigned domain-specific scores and an overall score to each hospital for which it could obtain data from the AHA IT survey. Hospitals that earned at least 90 percent of the total points available (a minimum of 55 out of 61 points) and also achieved a national ranking or high-performing recognition in the current edition of Best Hospitals, Best Hospitals for Common Care or Best Children’s Hospitals were recognized as Most Connected Hospitals.

This recognition by U.S. News is the second honor Virginia Mason has received this year for information technology. In July, the organization was designated as one of the Most Wired hospitals in the nation for the fourth consecutive year by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the publication of the American Hospital Association.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based 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. Using the Virginia Mason Production System management methodology, Virginia Mason is an international leader in applying lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety.

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