UNMH Named Most-Wired Nationally for 6th Time



July 21, 2008

Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager

505/272-3679; 505/907-9525 (cell)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - UNM Hospital (UNMH) has been named one of the 100 most-wired hospitals and health systems in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive year, and six years total. Only nine organizations in the 10-year history of the Most-Wired program have made the "Most-Wired" list six times.

According to the American Hospital Association, this year’s accolade is based on a national survey of 1,327 hospitals 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.

"In addition to our most-wired designation again this year, UNM Hospital was ranked third in the nation this June by Consumer Reports in providing conservative patient care," offers Ron Margolis, chief information officer for UNMH. "These two functions are directly connected. The more comprehensive and accessible secured health information is to our physicians through technology, the more targeted and effective the patient care decisions and the shorter the hospital stays for our patients."

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.

"UNM Hospital has an ongoing mission to serve the citizens of Bernalillo County and all New Mexicans with the most effective and efficient patient care possible," adds hospital CEO Steve McKernan. "Judiciously embracing appropriate technologies that directly affect patient outcomes is part of that mission. We’re proud of our IT team as it diligently researches and incrementally integrates the best methods to serve our patients and physicians, as part of our continued commitment to the best possible care."

For more information on the University of New Mexico Hospitals or the UNM Health Sciences Center, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/.

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