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Only Seattle Hospital Honored in 2012
 
SEATTLE – (July 11, 2012) — Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, published by the American Hospital Association, named Virginia Mason Medical Center as one of the Most Wired health systems in the United States. Virginia Mason is the only Seattle hospital and one of only 154 in the nation to make this year’s list.
 
The Most Wired program began in 1999 and recognizes those health care organizations that are leveraging information technology (IT) to improve quality and efficiency, improve patient safety and protect the security of patient data.
 
According to Sue Anderson, chief financial officer and chief information officer, the award recognizes a number of significant IT achievements at Virginia Mason. These include Computer Physician Order Entry (CPOE), implementation of an integrated hospital and ambulatory electronic health record, using barcodes to mistake-proof medication administration, electronic imaging of paper records and the launch of Virginia Mason’s secure patient Web portal, MyVirginiaMason, for which almost 30,000 patients have signed up since February.
 
"This is a real tribute to our physicians, our IT staff and to everyone here at Virginia Mason who are working tirelessly to implement technology solutions that make health care better, safer, faster, less expensive and more accessible to our patients," Anderson said. "From a basic lab test or physician visit to a complex surgery, innovative IT solutions touch every part of the patient experience, and we are proud to be among the leaders."
 
About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital, a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 450 physicians, satellite locations 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 and improve quality and patient safety.
 
Awards and distinctions include Top Hospital of the Decade by The Leapfrog Group, 2012 Top Hospital (for the sixth consecutive year) and grade "A" patient safety rating by The Leapfrog Group, 2012 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and Pat ient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades®, and 2012 America’s 100 Best Specialty Excellence Award for Overall Cardiac and Gastrointestinal Care from HealthGrades.  
 
To learn more about Virginia Mason Medical Center, please visit Facebook.com/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.
 
To learn more about how Virginia Mason is transforming health care and to join the conversation, visit our blog at virginiamasonblog.org.
 
For media inquiries, contact:
 
John Gillespie
Media Relations
john.gillespie@vmmc.org
(206) 341-1509 (o)
(206) 402-2822 (m)

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