Presbyterian Healthcare Services One of 100 "Most Wired" Hospitals in Nation
News Release: July 7, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Presbyterian Healthcare Services has been named one of the nation's 100 "Most Wired" hospital systems, by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. The Most Wired designation comes from a survey of 1,284 hospitals across the nation and represents Presbyterian's third time on the list.
Most Wired hospitals are judged on five key challenges: patient safety and quality, customer service, business processes, work force and disaster readiness. Presbyterian is one of only 16 organizations in the nine-year history of the program to earn the "Most-Wired" distinction three times.
"Healthcare has always been known for its human touch," said Donna Agnew, vice president and chief information officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Services. "Today, Presbyterian is focused on using the latest technology to make our hospitals safer and allow our caregivers to spend more time on patient care and human touch."
Presbyterian Hospital and Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital in Albuquerque are two of the first hospitals in the country to use full automation and bar code technology in the pharmacy and at the patient bedside. These investments have reduced potential medication errors and allowed caregivers to spend more time on care and less time on paperwork.
Recently, Presbyterian invested $3 million to open our new Los Lunas medical facility which will soon become the first site to use electronic medical records.
Presbyterian patients and health plan members can also request prescription refills and renewals, schedule physician appointments and receive lab results through a new secure web-based service called "Pres e-Care."
Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association, conducts the voluntary Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study annually and names the 100 Most Wired. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. McKesson Corporation is the world's largest healthcare services, technology and automation company. CHIME was formed with the dual objective of serving the professional development needs of healthcare chief information officers and advocating the more effective use of information management within health care.
Presbyterian serves to improve the health of individuals, families and communities. Presbyterian Healthcare Services was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state's only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. It includes seven hospitals as well as family healthcare centers, home healthcare, outpatient centers, inpatient care, air and ground ambulance services, a physician network and a statewide managed care plan. Presbyterian employs more than 9,500 people throughout New Mexico.