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Winthrop Named Health Care's Most Wired Winner 2012

Winthrop has been recognized as one of the nation�s Most Wired, according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey, which appeared in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The survey was conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association. This designation places Winthrop in an elite field of hospitals using health information technology (HIT) to improve patient care.

�Winthrop-University Hospital is a health IT trailblazer on Long Island and beyond,� said John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop. �We are proud to add �Most Wired� to our extensive list of accomplishments.�

The nation�s Most Wired hospitals are leveraging the adoption and use of HIT to improve performance in a number of areas. As a field, hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting HIT that protects patient data, and optimizes patient flow and communications.

�The desire to maintain the highest level of patient safety has always been the impetus for Winthrop�s health information technology initiatives,� said Maureen Gaffney, MHS, RPAC, RN, Winthrop�s Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Medical Information Officer.

�Our guiding principle for all of our clinical system investments has been improved quality of care and patient safety,� added Nicholas Casabona, Winthrop�s Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Winthrop was the first and only Long Island hospital to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health record technology during the 2011 federal fiscal year. As a result, the Hospital qualified for the financial incentive program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and received $3.2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue implementing its HIT program.

Winthrop is a founding member of the E-Health Network of Long Island, the regional health information organization working toward interconnectivity with healthcare providers in other parts of the state � and ultimately nationwide � through compatible health information exchange systems. For more information, call 1-866-WINTHROP.
Vol. 22, No. 2
Summer 2012

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