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UI Health named to ‘Most Wired' list

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

HealthCare's Most Wired Award

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System has been named among the top ‘Most Wired' healthcare organizations for the ninth time in the last ten years (most recently 5 years in a row) by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine in conjunction with the American Hospital Association and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The Most Wired distinction recognizes health care organizations that are leaders in implementing health information technologies to support all aspects of business operations.

UI Health's electronic medical records system, first implemented in 1997, links the hospital, outpatient centers, satellite facilities, academic offices and laboratories to medical data on more than two million patients and is accessible from computers located throughout the institution and off site.

"We are honored to continue to receive this designation year after year," said Jerry Bauman, dean of the UIC College of Pharmacy and interim vice president for health affairs, University of Illinois.

"As the health care industry continues to transition from a volume to a value mindset, our information technology systems must also evolve to enable that transition. We will continue to improve our systems making them more effective and easier to use. Equally important, is the need for a robust analytics capability so that we can learn from the data that is in our systems and use it to inform our decision making. UI Health strives to identify patients at risk and proactively offers treatment versus reacting when something happens," says Audrius Polikaitis, chief information officer at UI Hospital.