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2008 Most Wired Hospital

Patient Satisfaction Higher at Most Wired Hospitals

WINFIELD, Ill., July 21, 2008 - Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in west suburban Winfield, Ill., has been named to the nation's Most Wired, according to the results of the 2008 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The 100 Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures through the use of information technology (IT), according to a new analysis. Marking its 10th year, the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study continues to lead the field in analyses and benchmarking of healthcare IT.

"CDH strives to offer the highest quality of care and patient satisfaction," says CDH Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Dave Printz. "While our staff personifies personal touch in healthcare, we are also committed to the comprehensive use of advanced technology in information systems and communications. It is an essential element to CDH's commitment as a nationally renowned center of clinical excellence."

A selection of the advanced technology offered at CDH:

  • Medication administration, improving patient safety via barcode technology
  • Use of "smart pumps" for intravenous (IV) fluids with on-board computers to ensure patient safety
  • Physician access to clinical information using a secure link to the Internet
  • Electronic nurse charting at bedside
  • Availability of the Internet to patients, family and guests via free Wi-Fi throughout the hospital
  • Use of wireless phones, both cellular and VOIP, for anytime, everywhere voice communication

"To have all this technology available is a tremendous benefit to our physicians, nurses and clinicians - and ultimately, our patients." says Chief Nursing Officer Debra O'Donnell RN. "While we do not set out to win awards, to be recognized for our efforts to implement the latest advanced technology is an honor."

About the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study

The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation's hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.

Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2008 survey in cooperation with Accenture, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is the third most active hospital in Illinois performing total joint replacements. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. To learn more information about CDH visit www.cdh.org or call (630) 933-4CDH.

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