July 27, 2005

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative, 505/272-3679

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE , NM UNM Hospital (UNMH) has been named one of the most-wired hospitals and health systems in the U.S. for the second consecutive year and three years total.

The accolade is based on a national hospital survey that measures the use of information technology (IT) to accomplish key goals, including safety and quality; customer service; business processes; workforce; and public health and safety, according to the American Hospital Association.

Out of the 1,255 hospitals represented in the survey, only 100 were selected for this special recognition. UNMH is one of only 13 organizations in the six-year history of the program that has made the Most Wired list three times, and is the only facility in New Mexico to be recognized this year.

"We're enormously proud of the national recognition for our progressive work in improving patient care information and processes within the UNMH system," remarks Ron Margolis, chief information officer for UNMH. "Ultimately this translates to better health care for New Mexicans and an overall more efficient system within our medical care facilities."

The American Hospital Association contends that "most-wired" hospitals use a wider array of IT tools that can include computerized physician order entry; bedside electronic medication matching; automated alerts and reminders; physician portals and electronic patient surveillance and more.

"UNMH has a mission to serve all New Mexicans first with compassion, then quality and efficiency," adds hospital CEO Steve McKernan. "Striking a balance between high-quality patient care and financial responsibility in delivery of care is a tremendous challenge for a public hospital. Our evolving IT systems advance both. "

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