How Patients Benefit From Advocate Health Care’s Technology

DOWNERS GROVE, IL–(Marketwired – July 23, 2013) –  Recognized for exemplifying “progress through innovation,” Advocate Health Care has been named as one of the nation’s most wired health systems in this year’s Most Wired Survey by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. This is the 11th straight year Advocate has made the list.

Survey leaders say health care systems that make the list are making great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.

“We are very proud to be named as one of the nation’s Most Wired health systems for another year,” said Bruce Smith, senior vice president and chief information officer at Advocate Health Care. “We are making the most of our technology to help achieve the best possible health outcomes for the patients we are privileged to serve.”

The survey uncovered some promising trends this year including:

“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”

The July H&HN cover story detailing results can be read here.

About Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 largest health systems by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, five Level I trauma centers (the state’s highest designation in trauma care), two Level II trauma centers, one of the area’s largest home health care companies and one of the region’s largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $614 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2012.

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