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Bon Secours Richmond Named Among Nation's 100 Most Wired Hospitals

Health System recognized for use of information technology

RICHMOND, Va. (July 11, 2011) –Bon Secours Richmond Health System has been named among the nation's most wired hospitals and health systems, according to the results of the 2011 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study (www.hhnmag.com).  Bon Secours will be recognized July 17 at the Health Forum and American Hospital Association Leadership Summit.  The survey results will be published in the July issue of H&HN magazine.

 “Everything we do at Bon Secours is mission driven; our goal is to optimize the health of the communities we serve,” said Peter J. Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “To this end, we made the decision to implement an integrated electronic health record long before Federal meaningful use incentives were offered.  Being named among the nation's most wired health systems is an honor and a tribute to the Bon Secours team’s vision of how collaborative care across many delivery channels will improve the health potential of the population, leading to greater capacity, productivity and quality of life."

The annual Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study examines how hospitals use information technology to address safety and quality issues, customer service, business processes, workforce, and public health and safety. Participating organizations are recognized for use of technology in infrastructure, business and administrative management and clinical quality and safety.

The first hospital system in Central Virginia to be fully connected by electronic medical records (EMR), Bon Secours Richmond was also the first to empower their patients by launching a patient app. Patients can access their medical records through MyChart and MyChart App, part of the health system’s EMR system, known as ConnectCare.

 “Bon Secours Richmond implemented ConnectCare at four acute-care hospitals and in the ambulatory practices of the Bon Secours medical group, comprised of more than 200 physicians,” said Jeff Burke, vice president/regional chief information officer, Bon Secours Health System. This integrated platform allows continuity of care through a single patient record, and our practitioners are improving key quality indicators by adhering to evidence-based medicine guided by clinical decision support tools.” 

Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association, compiles the list annually using survey results from 1,300 hospital and health systems in the United States. A full list of award winners can be found online at www.hhnmag.com.

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