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Medical Director of Health Information Makes Modern Healthcare's Annual Top 25 List

SEATTLE - (Nov. 14, 2011) — Virginia Mason's A. James Bender, MD, medical director of Health Information, has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in the nation. Sponsored by the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, the list honors medical professionals who excel at using patient care data to improve the clinical and financial performance of their health care organizations.

This year's award was published in today's edition of Modern Healthcare.

Dr. Bender is a practicing board-certified internal medicine specialist. He joined Virginia Mason 37 years ago as a resident. He previously served as section head of General Internal Medicine, medical director for Managed Care, and chief of the Department of Hospital Services before assuming his current role in 2007.

Dr. Bender has been a leader in implementing Virginia Mason's information system strategy for more than 10 years, beginning with the selection and roll out of clinical information systems. Dr. Bender was a champion of the implementation of computerized provider order entry (CPOE) in 2005, as well as the adoption of the electronic medication reconciliation and e-prescribing tools in 2010. The latter is credited with Virginia Mason achieving a 100 percent medication reconciliation rate when a patient is discharged.

Dr. Bender is a strong proponent of leveraging the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS), health information technology and structured patient care data to eliminate waste, improve quality and assure patient safety. He is an active participant and leader in Cerner Corporation's Ambulatory and Inpatient Physician Councils.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area, and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and chronic care management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit Facebook.com/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

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