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Broadlawns Recognized 2nd Consecutive Year

“Most Wired” Hospitals Improve Efficiencies with Health Information Technology

Des Moines, IA – July 11, 2012 – The recognition of Broadlawns Medical Center continues as it is again recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” Hospitals, according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Broadlawns is included in the list of the nation’s top hospitals recognized for “leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas,” according to the survey.  Broadlawns was also selected as one of America’s Most Wired hospitals in 2011.

“While the recognition is appreciated, what is of greatest value is the benchmarking we receive regarding Broadlawns’ use of technology, said Jody Jenner, president and CEO of Broadlawns Medical Center. “It is yet another measurement that ensures we are continuously leveraging technology to improve the quality and coordination of care, increase patient satisfaction and ensure greater efficiencies in all that we do.”

“Equipping caregivers with the information needed to drive quality, safety and efficiency will continue to be an imperative as the challenges facing health systems grow increasingly complex,” says Pat Blake, president, McKesson Technology Solutions.  “The effective use of health IT, including actionable analytics and connectivity, can be a strategic lever as hospitals and health systems work to drive better outcomes while managing capacity, reducing costs, and coordinating care across multiple settings and caregivers.”

“As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. “Hospitals receiving Most Wired recognition are truly representative of our nation's hospitals and systems – rural and urban, small and large, teaching and non-teaching, and critical access hospitals geographically dispersed.”

The July Hospitals & Health Networks magazine cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

About the AHA
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 40,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.  Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.  For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.

About the Most Wired Survey
The 2012 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the American Hospital Association.

About Broadlawns

Broadlawns Medical Center first opened its doors as a hospital to the residents of Polk County in 1924. Over the years, Broadlawns has adapted to the changing demands of public health care, yet remained true to its mission of offering quality health services to all Polk County residents and training tomorrow’s health care professionals. Today Broadlawns Medical Center is composed of:

  • An acute care community hospital serving medical, surgical, mental health and primary care needs.
  • A 60-member physician practice overseeing numerous specialty clinics and outpatient services.
  • A Family Medicine Residency Program that graduates physician leaders who today serve in 22 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

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