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MeritCare Wins Most Wired Award 11th Year In A Row

Clinical information technology departments around the country are feeling the pressure to stay current with rapidly changing technology, but also stay within their means, as companies are taking a closer look at budgets during this down economy. Despite hard economic times, MeritCare continues to be an icon for technological growth. MeritCare's IT department has been named a 2009 Most Wired Hospital by Hospital & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. MeritCare is one of only five hospitals to achieve consecutive recognition, 11 years in a row, since the list's inception in 1998.

Clinical information technology departments around the country are feeling the pressure to stay current with rapidly changing technology, but also stay within their means, as companies are taking a closer look at budgets during this down economy. Despite hard economic times, MeritCare continues to be an icon for technological growth. MeritCare's IT department has been named a 2009 Most Wired Hospital by Hospital & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. MeritCare is one of only five hospitals to achieve consecutive recognition, 11 years in a row, since the list's inception in 1998.

The 100 Most Wired Hospitals is an indicator of quality. "Technology systems, when implemented appropriately, are the bricks and mortar to help clinicians coordinate timely care," said Craig Hewitt, chief information officer. Hospitals on the list, including MeritCare, use information technology to reduce errors, improve care and streamline business.

MeritCare has achieved the Most Wired award each year through several projects such as digital imaging, electronic patient record, meritcare.com, wireless computer access for patients, and videoconferencing.

The list is based on the magazine's Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study which measure the use of information technology for safety and quality, customer service, business processes, workforce, and public health and safety. More than 550 health care systems representing 1,314 hospitals throughout the United States responded to the survey. Organizations with the highest survey scores were named to the 100 Most Wired list.