FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2002
JACOBI MEDICAL CENTER AND NORTH CENTRAL BRONX HOSPITAL NAMED IN TOP 100 LIST OF THE NATION'S "MOST WIRED" HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SYSTEMS
Bronx, New York - Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital, as part of the North Bronx Healthcare Network, have been named to the list of the "Most Wired" hospital and health systems in the nation. The fourth annual survey and bench-marking study is awarded to only 100 technically savvy hospitals by Hospitals and Health Networks, the Journal of the American Hospital Association, in cooperation with McKesson Information Solutions, Qwest Communications International and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The survey and bench marking study measures the nation's healthcare systems on their use of Internet technologies to connect with patients, physicians and nurses, payors, health plans and employees. This is the FIRST time the North Bronx Healthcare Network has been named to the list.
"We are very pleased to be named a "Most Wired" facility," states Joseph S. Orlando, Senior Vice President of the North Bronx Healthcare Network. "Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital have a history of innovation including a 1998 Smithsonian Award and 2001 LeapFrog Group certification for Computerized Physician Order Entry. The "Most Wired" Award continues our mission to help our physicians and nurses provide better patient care with technology."
Hospitals and Health Network worked with McKesson Information Solutions and Qwest Communications International to develop an in-depth eight-page survey available online to every hospital in the United States. Results from the annual survey were used to name the 100 "Most Wired," the 10 "Most Improved" and the 10 "Most Wireless." More than 300 health systems responded to the survey, representing about 800 hospitals.
Independent analysis of this year's winners show that "Most Wired" organizations dedicate more staff and capital budget to IT projects than less wired organizations. The "Most Wired" organizations are also succeeding at communicating with patients by scheduling appointments and filling prescriptions online.
Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital are operated by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.