NEWS RELEASE

July 17, 2007

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 fourth consecutive year, and five 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 1,248 hospitals represented in the survey, only 100 were selected for this special recognition. UNMH is one of only 13 organizations in the nine-year history of the program that has made the “Most-Wired” list five times. “We’re proud of the national recognition for our progressive work in improving patient care information and processes within the UNM Hospital 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 hospitals and clinical 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 with quality and efficiency,” adds hospital CEO Steve McKernan. “Striking a balance between high-quality patient care and financial stewardship in delivery of care is a tremendous challenge for a public hospital. Our evolving IT systems advance both. “ For more information on the University of New Mexico Hospitals or the UNM Health Sciences Center, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/.


Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322